“I didn’t feel attached to life or death, but I felt protected, driven by an invisible force. Nothing made sense. This journey into war in Afghanistan could have been a death fall, but the experiences I was going through made me feel energized and unbreakable.” ~ My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a […]
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When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001, it was with the intention—so we were told—of bringing down the Taliban, capturing bin Laden, and improving daily life for Afghanis. We were assured that our involvement wouldn’t last long. Only it did. We’re there still. No end in sight. President Obama announced in 2014 that U.S. combat operations […]
[ Originally published in Huffington Post] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-burch The economic crisis in Greece has created widespread hunger, over 50 percent unemployment for Greek youth and extreme hardship, all in order to finance exponential profits for the banks. (This in a country that was once referred to as The Cradle of Western Civilization.) I do not wish […]
Everyone dreams of adventure, even if it’s just “armchair daydreaming.” The experience of reading a great book, like Poisonwood Bible, can take you on a week-long adventure to the Congo, an adventure which won’t end until you read the last page. Or how about binge TV-watching, enjoying a program like Game of Thrones—traveling back in […]
We all experience anxiety. Some of us have panic attacks. Some of us feel a continuous low grumble all the time. Some of us cycle through periods of anxiety and are surprised when the sensation returns. And some even have anticipatory anxiety. There are many forms of anxiety for all the unique ways we experience […]