Outside of the Lines: Welcome to Algeria

Somehow, I manage to stay out-of-the-way while everyone gets their luggage from overhead. There are no lines or orderly presentation here. As I watch the plane full of people slowly make their way past me, fictitious stories of their lives play out in my head. The young boys. Have they just come back from Paris or … Read more

One Week Down and I’m Happy

I feel like maybe my words are coming back to me after so long and that makes me happy. It’s a relief because writing is how I deal with my emotions. It’s cheaper than a therapist that’s for sure. And I can take it anywhere I go in this world. Which is how I ended up … Read more

Happiness: Is This Feeling REALLY Mine?

It’s been so long since I just up and wrote a piece for the blog without thinking about it first. You know, mapping out my idea and how I would present it. Yet this morning I woke up with a clear head for once and wasn’t grumpy about getting out of bed. Although I did … Read more

Say What? Insight Into Language Barriers

“You want to live here then speak our language. Otherwise go back!” Sound familiar? I certainly have never told anyone that, but I know a lot of people who have. I see it posted on social media daily. It’s embedded into conversations even. I can’t vouch for other countries though. I don’t know, if say, … Read more

What Happens When Excitement Overwhelms Me

I experience tons of excitement  when I’m doing my research. As most of you know, I have severe anxiety issues and often have major panic attacks. Not all of these panic attacks besiege me because of negative thoughts. There are times when I get really excited about something and my brain overreacts to the slightest … Read more

I Am The Hippo

Several months ago I watched a documentary series about Africa on Netflix. I’m not really too big into the wildlife. While the animals are magnificent and fun to watch in their native habitat, I find myself just admiring the background scenes and more importantly the social interactions between the animals in a herd. Part of … Read more