Monthly Archives: October 2013

Globalization: The World Reflected in a Grain of Rice

Rice has been much on our minds on this journey in Southeast Asia and Bhutan, where the nurture of this staple food governs the rhythms of life.  As I write this from Bhutan, I gaze out across the terraced paddies … Continue reading

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Iran and the Bomb: A Visitor’s Perspective

I got chills even though it was warm in the bus.  Not far outside of Qom, a very holy city in central Iran, one of our group leaders pointed out a barren landscape to the west as the underground site … Continue reading

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Mother of Monarchs

I feel like a mother of monarchs!  It’s the only way I can describe the feeling of pride I have when I see one of these orange and black beauties floating by in my garden these days.  All I’ve done … Continue reading

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The Disintegration of Syria: A Holistic Perspective

Syria has been in the news for months. The war-ravaged country has seen over 100,000 people killed and two million more have sought sanctuary in other countries. But how can I explain this human rights tragedy in a country that … Continue reading

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Sweet Aleppo: Before the Disintegration of Syria

Aleppo was breathtaking in 2005! Located in northwest Syria, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Parked at the end of the ancient Silk Road, the city boasted of selling beautiful silks, textiles and other … Continue reading

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