a selection of recently published articles

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First Person: Adventure on the Roof of Africa

SIMIEN MOUNTAINS, ETHIOPIA—In the end, I couldn’t do it. I looked up at the big narrow rock that had a number of awkward indentations leading up to a flat outlook point. From there, I would be able to see not only the beginning of the Jinbar…
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New York Times: A Polish Collector’s Passion for Art and Dance

POZNAN, POLAND — The reception area of Grazyna Kulczyk’s private office looks a bit bare because many items have already been packed away. But the view is intact: the rooftops of Poznan, a city of brick buildings in west-central Poland. “It…
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New York Times: Arts Center in Ethiopia Links Local and Global

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Outside the walls of the Zoma Contemporary Art Center, the distinct chaotic clatter of Addis Ababa — goats bleating at a nearby market, cars kicking up dust on the dirt road — fills the air. Yet inside the compound…
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New York Times: Classical Crossover for the Win

BUDAPEST — Fans rushed the stage as the first chords of “You Shook Me All Night Long” rang out in the Laszlo Papp Budapest Sports Arena last October. Young women in tight miniskirts and boots whipped their hair at the musicians while denim-clad…
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New York Times: Education Opportunities for Older Women in the Developing World

LONDON--**For Olivia Matabata, 2007 was a devastating year.     Her middle son was sick at home with AIDS, and Ms. Matabata, who has five grandchildren, was desperate for information on how to help him.    A neighbor encouraged her to attend…
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First Person: 4 Hours in Flint, Michigan Guide

I see that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be taking their Democratic roadshow to Flint, Michigan—my hometown—on March 6. They will be holding a debate there (location TBD), invariably to do grandstanding and waxing lyrical about…
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Wall Street Journal: Do the Math-The Percentage of Expat Homeschoolers is Growing

LONDON-- When Russian Alla Jilobokov and her Costa Rican/American husband Javier Casasnovas moved back to Costa Rica from the United States in 2004, they initially enrolled their two daughters in a top international school in San José. Though…
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Wall Street Journal: Owl Spotting in Serbia is Not Your Average Safari

KIKINDA, Serbia-It's a familiar sight  to the residents of Kikinda, Serbia: people of all ages and descriptions standing under the trees that line the town’s large square, looking ridiculous as they cock their heads back, mouths agape, fingers…
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New York Times: A Puppet Theater Sparks a Performance Career

LONDON--For his fifth birthday, Offir Dagan’s parents took the electronic innards out of an old black-and-white television set and turned the wooden case into a puppet theater for their son. Shlomo and Dorit Dagan didn’t realize it at…