by Kimberly Lovato
Preconceived notions and stereotypes melt like a summer ice cream cone.
“I’m lost. I’m late. I’m sorry,” I blurted into the phone, in French.
“So, Monsieur Manouvrier, if it’s ok I would still like to meet you today.”
“You are an hour late. Do you think I have nothing better to do? You Americans [...]
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by Kimberly Lovato
by Carol Beddo
A Young woman encounters the courage of her convictions
Being called in to headquarters was not good, but I refused to be afraid. Back then, 1965, people said I had a lot of confidence. In what? I wonder. Myself? My choices?
I had been called in, but no one had told [...]
by Beebe Bahrami
Getting lost and finding oneself anywhere in the world
As a child born and raised in the Rocky Mountains in the USA, I recall my Iranian grandfather’s advice to me. “If you get lost, go downhill, and follow the stream.” I felt safe with these few words. All would be well, [...]
by Elizabeth Creely
A hiking trip turns disastrous for two sisters in California’s Desolation Wilderness.
Last July I went to Desolation Wilderness with my sister Emily to celebrate her fortieth birthday. I woke up at 5 a.m., kissed my husband goodbye, and walked to the nearest BART station with my backpack strapped to me. [...]
by Rosalie Justus
Hiking sola in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the author worries about same-species predators and other problems.
I know right away, the Dutch aren’t going. Marlie’s teeth are all purple from the herbs she’s been chewing. They’re a sharp contrast against her pale skin. She’s one of those naturalists that think if it’s [...]
by Kim Brown Seely
How Rwanda Reached Out and Grabbed Me.
Charles weighed 400 pounds, stood nearly six feet when fully upright, and was one hundred percent alpha-male. His massive black head was luxuriantly hairy, and our eyes met daringly as he reclined in a bamboo thicket as big as a Barcalounger. Charles, I’d [...]
by Shauna Sweeney
It takes fifteen minutes to confirm I’m being followed. At first I had my doubts, kept second-, triple-, quadruple-guessing. I thought fear was playing tricks on me, making monsters out of shadows. But we’ve turned too many corners, switched onto too many new streets for coincidence. The car hasn’t left my taxi’s bumper [...]
by Johanna Gohmann
One cozy night at home, while enjoying a pizza dinner, I flipped on the television just in time to see a close-up shot of a woman’s labia being “trimmed” by a surgeon.
“Look!” I shrieked at my fiancé, involuntarily crossing my legs. “How can they show that on regular TV?!”
David glanced up from his [...]
by Diane LeBow
“That’s the Hindu Kush Mountains, the killer of Hindus.” An Afghan man sitting next to me on the Ariana Afghan Airlines flight from Dubai to Kabul leaned over and explained. Outside the window, the flat desert lands of Iran and southern Afghanistan suddenly gave way to barren blue and gray ridgebacks, like waves [...]
by Jacqueline St. Joan
Don’t take photos of the Dalai Lama into Tibet, my friends advised me. As did the U.S. State Department, the Free Tibet website and my travel guidebook. Before the Chinese Cultural Revolution, photos of the Dalai Lama were as common on the streets of Lhasa as soldiers, then in 1994 a political [...]