Flowers, Flowers and more Flowers – What were they really for?

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), and while I’m a feminist and not at all afraid to say so, this is no feminist rant….in fact, it’s quite the opposite. In 2005, I was living and working in Ukraine during IWD. I’d never celebrated it, talked about it, or even recognized it with other women. As…

Country No. 8 in Fashion Around the World Series – South Africa

On the southern tip of the African continent, South Africa  (SA) has numerous ecosystems, Kruger National Park, which is a safari, plenty of beaches, lush wine vineyards, cliffs, thick forests and lagoons, and a flat-topped mountain called Table. There are 11 official languages of SA: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda,…

The Reality of Abandoned Animals.

Recently when I was at a friends place, me and my boyfriend stumbled upon a kitten that was in terrible shape. He was malnourished, ridden with fleas and so weak he was unable to hold his head up and being the animal lover that I am, I could not sit idly and leave him in…

It’s Hard to Walk by….

The other day, I walked by a man in Dundee, Scotland, sitting in the cold on the street. He was young, possibly an addict, maybe not. Maybe situations in life, just brought him to that street, out of no fault of his own. Well, maybe it was his fault….but who cares, it was cold, and…

Everyone has a Name – the Facelessness of Need

Years ago, on a business trip in New York City (NYC), I missed a train out of Grand Central. “Is that the Metro-North?,” I asked a bystander. He turned and looked at me in disbelief. Why? Because he was homeless and someone had actually spoken to him that day. “I’m sorry I didn’t answer you…