Azerbaijan – first contact

Can peace be spontaneous?  Azerbaijan, December 1st - arrival and follows a rhythm I appreciate.  December 2nd, meeting at the UN - recommended by the UN office in Baku. I met Mr.  U. Mirzayev, president of The International Press Institute on December 3. A long encounter, where he talks about his childhood shattered by conflict and his family’s refugee status. Will I understand the Nagorny Karabakh conflict that has been lasting for 30 years?  I might not find [...]

By |2020-01-24T17:14:02-05:00December 7th, 2019|Azerbaijan, Blog, Caucase|Comments Off on Azerbaijan – first contact

Towards Baku

How is you trip going?  How is my trip going? It depends. The day and the time the question is asked can produce  difference answer. The emotions while travelling  pass like the clouds in the sky, sometimes under a gray and dark sky and sometimes lightly, under a bleu and clear and sunny horizon. My  reflections and emotions navigate as on a stormy sea. Can everything go wonderfully on a research trip? Perhaps on vacation, when the sea [...]

By |2020-01-23T09:15:00-05:00December 1st, 2019|Azerbaijan, Blog, Caucase|Comments Off on Towards Baku

Gvino – the sweetness of our tables

I am in Telavi, in the Kakheti region. Why Kakheti? Why go east of the capital and not west? I included in my choice, the importance of this region in the history of the country and a little in ours. It represents the past and future economy of the country. Wine is here to stay. It is an area that was not part of the Ottoman Empire. For me, it is an important information to understand that the [...]

By |2020-01-22T16:18:29-05:00November 13th, 2019|Blog, Caucase|Comments Off on Gvino – the sweetness of our tables

Borders

There were no borders within me This morning I wake up and the word that comes to me is "border." For those who dream of a world without borders, I would invite you to be patient. I was born 24 kilometers from Ontario. On Rural Road 7, which is now Route 388 in Duparquet, the last village before the border. Men came and went from lumber or mining jobs. We never talked about borders. The word was not [...]

By |2020-01-23T07:01:19-05:00November 3rd, 2019|Blog, Caucase, Families of the world, Reflecting|Comments Off on Borders

First week

  My life unrolls before me  I am settled in this city already. I live near the market, I make my breakfast, tea. No coffee maker. I have to learn to make a good Turkish coffee. They still offer Nescafe. I had forgotten it existed. I also forgot about cigarettes and men and women smoke in important quantity.  A busy week. I have had meetings all week. 3 x at the UN, 1 x at the University, 1 [...]

By |2020-01-13T04:13:04-05:00October 29th, 2019|Blog, Caucase, Families of the world, Georgian|Comments Off on First week

Arrival in Tbilisi

Octobre 19th, 2019 There are no rules at the taxi stand in the wee hours of the morning. The drivers come to ask me one after the other. A woman tells me that they are raising prices in front of a stranger and that it would be better to take a Bolt, the equivalent of Uber. I cannot order until I have a new phone number. At the end of the night, I trust one of these [...]

By |2020-01-12T07:30:12-05:00October 19th, 2019|Blog, Caucase|Comments Off on Arrival in Tbilisi

Shaken by a country – Sudan

"Being strong means being able to learn and to support what we know, in other words, to hold on and live" (Women who run with the wolves) When I came back from Sudan, I spend a week sitting by the river running through my garden. I no longer knew how to think and live my situation when I had seen what I had seen. My personal quest taught me, if I want to find inner [...]

By |2017-08-18T11:41:32-04:00August 17th, 2017|Blog, Reflecting|Comments Off on Shaken by a country – Sudan

No walls in Kiribati

A house without walls when all houses have no walls In Kiribati I lived in a house without walls and it was such a moving act to lie down on a mat next to the others with the full moon as our blanket. For those who live in cold countries, this exercise might be difficult but, by closing our eyes, we can imagine life in a house without walls, then life in a country where all [...]

By |2017-06-20T15:33:36-04:00June 20th, 2017|Blog, Families of the world|Comments Off on No walls in Kiribati

My monk’s work

I'm in Sudan... in my head.  Just before that in Belize and in  Mali . If I had an average of 3 weeks of visits per country, to include them in both in English and French on the websites  (Letsmeetonearth.org) and (rendezvoussurterre.com) I must add another 4-5 days. And I do not count the days of technical difficulties. At the moment there is one in the passage from English to French and I have to wait while we [...]

By |2017-03-13T14:08:21-04:00March 13th, 2017|Blog, Reflecting|Comments Off on My monk’s work

We are the greatest: No More!

  Perhaps we should all rejoice that Donald Trump chose "Make America Great Again" as his campaign slogan -- for the pleasure of all humanity, every time he invokes the phrase brings us that much closer to the last time we'll ever have to hear it. In a global society, there is no more place for a country that bills itself as the "greatest and strongest" in the world, especially when these words mean using a great arsenal [...]

By |2017-02-16T10:17:17-05:00September 26th, 2016|Blog, Reflecting|Comments Off on We are the greatest: No More!