Blog Posts

Finding the Sacred Rhythms

Visiting three islands of Hawaii (Oahu, The Big Island, and Maui) leaves one with a mixed sense of how the sacred rhythms are honored in this historic place. On Oahu, my visit to Pearl Harbor was tranquil and sobering. Realizing that 1,177 sailors and marines lay...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Difference after the War Ends

Sri Lanka is an ancient civilization, dating back 30,000 years. The island off the coast ofIndia in the Indian Ocean is a mix of many cultures, Sinhalese and Tamil the predominantones.  After a recent trip there, it seems amazing the transformation I witnessed.  I...

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A Piece of Massachusetts in Georgia

After a series of deaths among my group of friends over the last few months, recently we escaped to the mountains of northern Georgia for a few days to refresh ourselves, and to remind that the earth has a way of renewing—it’s called Spring—that allows us to bury the...

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The President’s Disrespect for the Foreign Service

Speaker of the House John Boehner has invited the Israeli Prime Minister to address Congress. He’s entitled to invite anyone to speak, but when he does not coordinate these invitations with the executive branch of the U.S. government, the world grows infinitely more...

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A People’s Revolt in West Africa

What happened in Burkina Faso (the country formerly known as Upper Volta until 1984) at the end of October is a rarity in Africa. Not that a ruler tried to usurp more power. That’s standard operating practice for much of the continent. But when Blaise Compaore tried...

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