The Transition

My phone blew up (figuratively) the moment I landed in Chicago on the afternoon of Friday, August 18th.  “Are you coming to work tomorrow?”  I responded as calmly as I could; explaining that I wasn’t coming in until Monday.  However, there was the part of me that felt like texting ...

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Banja Luka

This past Wednesday and Thursday was a trip to Banja Luka (95% Bosnian Serb population) to meet with Tihomir Dakic and Duska Kudra of the Center for the Environment about their group’s efforts around environmental advocacy to help reconciliation.  While this group has done some tremendous work in spearheading efforts ...

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Livno

Livno…It was enough to make me homesick for Wyoming’s arid climate and craggy, rolling hills.  I’d rented a car and made a solo day trip to this small 11th Century (at least when it was first recorded) Western Bosnian town this past Monday to talk environmental issues with Zeljko Kristo; ...

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Accomplishments?

Perhaps my expectations of accomplishment were somewhat misguided by my systematic approach to work; here’s what needs to be done and here’s the sequential steps to completing the task.  I am used to having a phone sitting on my desk, Outlook on my computer, and relatively timely responses to my ...

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What Can I Even Say?

I’m honestly not sure where to even begin describing my reactions about our group trip to Tuzla and Srebrenica.  The Tuzla trip was, for me, heartwarming on many levels.  Having spent almost a year at Eagle Base during my deployment with NATO’s SFOR (Stabilization Force), it was an opportunity to ...

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Lukumir

Not much to report on the internship front.  After the WARM (War Art Reporting and Memory) Festival concluded, I spent a couple of days compiling notes from the Why Remember conference sessions and film panel discussions I’d attended and then rolled into working on a Peace March reflections piece. However, ...

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2017 Peace March Reflection

One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of the past few days and the 2017 Peace March is overwhelmingly trivial in the context of the event – feet; how I wish I’d prioritized the weight of my heavy duty Vasque boots in my checked bag ...

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Here we go!

Brandon Erdmann – First Impressions My initial reaction upon landing in Sarajevo was somewhat mixed.  I was surprised to arrive at a civilian international airport and disembark without a jetway.  Not that I hadn’t done that before, but I figured a ‘major’ cosmopolitan city would have more of an airport…and ...

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