Resilience in the Face of Nature’s Challenges

Visiting Iceland leaves one with a feeling of awe at the incredible resilience of theIcelanders. The country is populated with volcanoes in every region of the country, manyof which have exploded in the last few decades. (In 2010, the Eyjafjallajokull volcanoerupted,...

Pura Vida, living your best life in Costa Rica

On a trip to Costa Rica, I re-discovered some of the joys of my life. As a diplomat I hadoften traveled. It was part of the job. I really enjoyed being in a culture that was not muchlike the American culture, and I found particular satisfaction in functioning in...

Trump’s loose social media habits

After watching Donald Trump in the White House for a mere 20 days one is left with theexhaustion that usually accompanies any adult who must “watch” over a child, unmooredto reality, wedded to his own narcissistic ego where only his wants matter.  One wants toavoid...

A Distorted Sense of Time

My sister died in 2014. That doesn’t sound so long ago in the context of just beginning2016. And yet, grieving her absence, remembering how tied we were to each other,recalling so many smiles and fun times even as we were dealing with so manyhospitalizations—it seems...