Thanking Canada in my December Reflections

December comes along and I always seem to melt into a puddle of emotion by this time of the year. I know... seems weird for my cold, black heart. But with the holidays coming, I turn into introspection for what 2015 has been....more

The weight of the world on the shoulders of little girls

When I was a little girl growing up in a small town in Iowa, I dreamed about the things I would do when I was old enough to get away and go to the big city....more

The Latest War on Love

We are a country divided yet again, a condition to which we have become accustomed. Rich vs. poor, anti-abortion vs. pro-reproductive choice, liberals vs. conservatives the list is alarmingly long. This newest rupture, however, is of the most fundamental kind, a war of the most basic human emotions. It is Love vs. Fear and Love vs. Hatred, with an ultimate result of Humanity vs. Humanity....more

No, I'm sorry, your intolerance isn't "different"

This has been a weird few weeks for me....more

Hope runs deep, rebuilding confidence among Syrian women refugees

UN Women’s Executive Director visited UN Women’s Oasis, a safe space for women to seek support and skills training in Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee Camp. ...more

When Will We Stop Counting the 9/11s?

It's September 11 again. And I'm dreading it. I want September 11 to go back to being just another day in the early fall. Is this wrong?...more
Thank you for sharing. My husband and I were just sharing similar sentiments on the evening of ...more

A Recipe For Disaster in Syria

A RECIPE FOR DISASTER- SYRIA Note: This is a rambling post and contains disturbing photo's I've been contemplating the 'situation' in Syria.To do this, with even a modicum of perspective, I must consider the history of the region.And it is a mess- then, now, tomorrow....more

This is not about chemical weapons and India should be worried

Before I begin, I do not have a formal education in the area of foreign policy nor am I a seasoned journalist who understands the granularity of the sectarian issues in the Middle East. What I present here is the synthesis of whatever I have consumed over the past few days on this issue and my recollection of significant world events during my adult life....more

Thoughts on Syria and Resources to Help Inform the Discussion

 I took a rare moment to unwind during the boys' naptime last week and actually turned on th...more

Women and Girls at Risk in Syria

Mothers everywhere love their daughters and every culture values their children. But some cultures value their girls less. This equation can change during a crisis: a war, a devastated crop, a death of a husband and breadwinner. Everything, in those moments, can change for a family. Girls become a commodity - the cash crop, the way out of a war, the way to earn an income that was lost....more