First Reflections

When I first heard about the Bosnia class through GSSW, I wasn’t sure what to expect. To be honest, I thought Bosnia was in Africa (as did many of my friends!) and I had never even heard of a genocide here. Beginning to read about the war and genocide as ...

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Bosnia First Impression

Where should I start! This is my first time leaving the country (USA) and there were ups and downs. My flight experience was an adventure. one of my planes made me miss one of my flights. So since that happened, I had to stay in a hotel which made me miss ...

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Good Morning Sarajevo

We have been in Sarajevo for 3 days and already I feel I have learned and gained so much. I’m not sure I have ever done/seen so many things in a days time as we have so far in such a brief amount of time. It is really a very ...

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First Look at Bosnia

This is the most spectacular view out of an airport terminal I think I’ve seen yet. The way the sun blazed over the mountaintops, highlighting the airstrip, it did not appear immediately to the eye or the mind that this country had experienced a war 25 years ago.  Second thought: ...

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The Rose and Sarajevo

I found it fitting, upon first entering Bosnia, that our first class meeting had been to see the movie “Sarajevo Roses — A Cinematic Essay,” as I couldn’t help seeing the city of Sarajevo through this metaphor. The beauty of Sarajevo was evident from the plane window as we descended ...

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First Impressions of Bosnia

The road was long and winding to get here as I missed my connecting flight in Chicago to get here on time due to weather. Fortunately with patience, luck, and kindness I was able to get one of the two last seats on a flight to Munich and a transfer ...

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Bosnia, first impressions

Arriving in Bosnia has so far given me many moments of just simple pleasure from the atmosphere, people, and scenery, to working to grasp the evidence of history as we move through Sarajevo. I am frequently thinking about the war and people’s experiences within the time frame of my own ...

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Bosnia, first impressions

Arriving in Bosnia has so far given me many moments of just simple pleasure from the atmosphere, people, and scenery, to working to grasp the evidence of history as we move through Sarajevo. I am frequently thinking about the war and people’s experiences within the time frame of my own ...

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In Defense of Suicide Prevention

Many people take offense at my stance on suicide prevention. They send me angry emails. They post challenging comments on this site. A common argument is that people should be free to die by suicide without intervention by others, no matter what: “For some people there is little to be ...

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When Suicidal Thoughts Do Not Go Away

The popular image of someone who is in danger of suicide goes like this: A person has suicidal thoughts. It’s a crisis. The person gets help, and the crisis resolves within days or weeks. That’s the popular image, and thankfully it does happen for many people. But for others, suicidal ...

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