Tag: Ukraine

A Valentine's Day Love Story: Two Peace Corps Workers Find Love in Each Other and the World

A Valentine's Day Love Story: Two Peace Corps Workers Find Love in Each Other and the World
It was cold this week. Really cold. My office was nice and warm. So I thought about skipping my monthly writers group. I’m so glad I didn’t. If I hadn’t gone, I wouldn’t have talked to Cathy, a gentle, caring woman who has lived many places in the world. Over lunch, we talked about two of... Read more »

Blog Action Day: It's Time We Looked in the Mirror to End the Violence

Blog Action Day: It's Time We Looked in the Mirror to End the Violence
As a participant in this year’s Blog Action Day, I struggled to focus on a topic that mirrored this year’s theme of Raising Up Your Voice. Because this blog is global in nature, I thought about revisiting the voices I have already profiled to talk about the issues facing people around the world. I could,... Read more »

Ahmed Mohamed and 7 paths to inspiration

Ahmed Mohamed and 7 paths to inspiration
In the span of one day, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed went from being a high school kid to being a terrorist to being a national symbol of bigotry to being the kid President Obama tweeted Cool Clock, Ahmed and invited to the White House. That is pretty remarkable. Ahmed Mohamed’s story is also about his strength, grace, humility,... Read more »
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A Story of 23 Chromosomes

A Story of 23 Chromosomes
“It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling.”   — Khalil Gibran  Patience is necessary to writing this blog. After all, I am prevailing upon strangers to work me into their busy lives. Without their responses, this blog would not exist. But a clog in the pipeline... Read more »

Things The World Taught Me in 2014

Things The World Taught Me in 2014
I began this blog in June of 2014 with the goal of interviewing one person in every country of the world (roughly 196). By year’s end, I’d spoken with 19 people. They humbled me with their willingness to participate. Surprised, delighted, and disturbed me with their responses. I learned so much from them. Below, is... Read more »

Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River

Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River
In 2008, I attended a conference in Iceland titled The Arctic Convoys: A Lifeline Across the Atlantic. I came because my father was a Navy photomate in Iceland during WWII and a number of his photos were on display. At the time, I was finishing up a novel inspired by my father’s experiences in Iceland... Read more »
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Through Russian Eyes

Through Russian Eyes
When I started this blog, my intention was to give people around the world a voice. My pledge to them was not to judge or dispute their views, no matter how difficult it may be to hear what they say. Alex, a software engineer in Russia, reminded me of that pledge. For years, Alex has... Read more »