Let’s Meet on Earth – Creating a Sense of Belonging

LET'S MEET ON EARTH  Creating a global sense of belonging  Join Helene Tremblay as she takes you week-by-week on an intriguing and intimate journey through stories and photography to introduce you, one-by-one, to some of the 147 families she’s lived with, in over 113 countries. Helene puts her finger on the pulse of their lives-- and it will take your breath away. Helene reveals a vision of people that is both personal and compelling, with unparalleled accuracy and insight. [...]

By |2021-02-14T14:06:13-05:00December 18th, 2020|Blog, Conferences, Presentations|Comments Off on Let’s Meet on Earth – Creating a Sense of Belonging

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

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

Greatness

    The green of the new misty rice fields.  Three months in India.  I have been undisciplined and did not take notes every night. I have lived and learned. I wonder sometimes if writers read. I write and say I need to read. I read and I say, I want to write.  But I am in a country I am discovering and that often does not understand itself. I feel so ignorant when comes time to write about it. [...]

By |2017-02-15T20:40:00-05:00March 1st, 2016|Blog, India, Reflecting|Comments Off on Greatness

With the Dalai Lama

HH The Dalai Lama & the art of balance   In India, I was invited by the Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) to speak at the launch of "Tawazun India" - The art of balance. The guest of honor was the, HH The Dalai Lama. The hall of the hotel ITC Windsor was at its height. The program's theme "Peace and Economy" and I prepared accordingly for a short 25 minutes. We talked peace, little of economy, more of religion, [...]

By |2017-01-27T10:23:27-05:00December 31st, 2015|Blog, India, Peace & The Dalai Lama|Comments Off on With the Dalai Lama

The present catchs up with me.. in Paris

I arrive in Paris on the morning of Friday, November 13, 2015 after nine years of absence. The Air France bus runs in front of the 44 avenue des Ternes where I lived in a beautiful apartment with roof terrace. I have lived in the 6th. 8th, 12th, and the 11th arrondissement. I have been Parisian and European, lived in Germany, Italy, France, England and the six unforgettable months in Turkey. I visited the families of Europe, from east to west [...]

By |2017-01-27T10:23:27-05:00December 15th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on The present catchs up with me.. in Paris

Picking Tobacco in Moldova

Picking Tobacco in Moldova The earlier they reach the tobacco fields the more tobacco will be picked and the more money they will earn for their family. Three quarters of the Leka family’s income will be earned during the next two months. Eugenia does not make it onto the first bus this morning, as she usually does. She waits, knowing she will have to work faster in order to come home with her usual harvest of 450 [...]

By |2017-02-19T20:21:22-05:00July 10th, 2015|Blog, Families of the world|0 Comments

Preserving Sami Culture

Josef and Laila Buljo, reindeer herders, raise their children, (Anne Laila, Risten and Aslak) in Norway.  They are serious about educating them within Sami culture. They are raising them to be free and teaching them to discuss everything. In Sami society male and female roles are clearly defined to make sure the families can be self-sufficient. During the summers, when the sun never sets, the women work hard to ready their familes for winter. Laila scrapes reindeer hides clean; she [...]

By |2017-01-27T10:23:34-05:00June 11th, 2015|Blog, Families of the world|Comments Off on Preserving Sami Culture
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