GSSW Blogs

What I miss most about home

There are many things that I miss about home. I miss my friends and family, especially my nephews who are growing like crazy. I miss the easiness of hiking in Denver because I can just drive right to the mountains. I miss driving every day. I miss fast food, especially ...

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Some of my favorite places in Bosnia

Hiking trail near Lukomir village. The hike took us down to a waterfall where we had a picnic. The hike was easy but steep at many points. Kravica Falls in Herzegovina. The falls had so many caves and rocks to jump off of. It was like a natural playground. Beware ...

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Unknown Lands

Growing up in the U.S I heard very little about the Balkans. It seemed to be a unknown part of the world in the circles I was raised in. Despite my lack of understanding, this past year I tossed myself into an unknown void in hopes of it being a ...

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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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Would an Anti-Self-Harm Oath Reduce Veteran Suicide?

Veteran suicide is a national tragedy. Every day, 20 veterans kill themselves. The veteran suicide rate is more than double that of the general population (35.3 vs. 15.2 per 100,000). (Those stats and others are available .) Congressman Brian Mast, a Republican veteran from Florida, thinks he has an answer: ...

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Would an Anti-Self-Harm Oath Reduce Veteran Suicide?

Veteran suicide is a national tragedy. Every day, 20 veterans kill themselves. The veteran suicide rate is more than double that of the general population (35.3 vs. 15.2 per 100,000). (Those stats and others are available .) Congressman Brian Mast, a Republican veteran from Florida, thinks he has an answer: ...

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The Tapping of Potential

As a visitor, here for just two short months, I have become enamored by Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country that has one of the most layered and complicated histories of any place I have studied.  The interwoven intricacies of this extraordinary place have become deeper mysteries to me the longer ...

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A bandaid or a barrier?

Following the news of President Paul Kagame’s re-election in Rwanda this week, I was reminded of an argument my friend made in support of Kagame’s ownership of Rwanda’s historical narrative and suppression of alternative perspectives. In response to my assertion that the inability of all sides to express themselves would ...

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Sarajevo Rose

To a passerby, the Sarajevo Rose might look like the mistake of a painter or construction worker that needs to come back and finish the job. However, the truth behind the scarred pavements in Sarajevo, of which there are roughly 20 remaining, is much darker. During the Bosnian War, which ...

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