Reconnecting: Meeting Friends in Lille

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My partner and I wound up in Lille this week – a spontaneous trip to visit friends from France and Moldova!

What you might appreciate most after months of volunteering, or working, or studying elsewhere, are the connections you take away with you.

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Student Rally in Amiens: Puppetry of Exile

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Amiens is well known for its puppetry. This week, students from all over the world came to show off their own puppeteering skills. Their projects were developed under the theme of “Exile.” The youth gathered in the middle of Amiens on Friday, May 18 to rally people to the cause so close to their hearts. Read on for details of their project, an interview with a student and a photo-essay of the puppet march. Their creations are gorgeous!

Nature and Disconnect

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So much of the news we read today is about disconnection.

Loneliness as a symptom of our modern dependence on technology, coupled with disconnection from our communities. Political leaders making policy decisions though they are disconnected from the realities of the majority of their populations. International aid organizations disconnected from the cultures of the people they serve. Teenagers disconnected from their parents, students disconnected from their teachers.

Monuments and War Memories: Interview with Galina Nikolaevna

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“Because of the gasoline, everything was a terrible Hell.” – Galina Nikolaevna, resident of Comrat and born in Sevastopol, talks about remembrance, World War Two, the deaths of her family’s men, and monuments to soldiers who have passed. 

Scroll all the way to the bottom for the original Russian transcript. Чтобый читать оригинальную запись, просматривайте внизу.

Galina had joined my host mother Anna Nikolaevna and me for breakfast the morning after Comrat’s Big Easter night service. I had seen her come to the house before, but we never talked – only greeted each other. I just knew she had an old dog.