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…

Style Prevails Over All

Through war and strife, poor political climates and poverty, women put on their best when they can. I’ve met women all over the world who go out of their way to look beautiful whether they are rich or poor. Some older women who don’t even feel their best still get up, get dressed, and do…

Syria, Syrian Refugees

  More than four million refugees of the Syrian Civil War have left the country during the course of the war. Most of them went to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, while thousands ended up in more distant countries like Europe, North Africa and the Persian Gulf. As of December 2015, Turkey was the world’s…