The Blue Lagoon

Friday: 8 May 2009 I woke early the next morning and began chatting with Ian and Dave where we decided to go to the Blue Lagoon located south of Reykjavik with its ice blue waters, raising steam, calming energy and fascinating mineral deposits for a refreshing mask that is just part of the whole experience. …

“World’s Most Northern Capital” ~ Reykjavik

Thursday: 7 May 2009 Upon my arrival at Keflavik International Airport at 6:30 am, I met up with Sara Maynard who is also visiting Iceland and is from Berkley, California who happened to be arriving at the same time as myself on a plane departing from Boston, Massachusetts versus my flight that arrived from New…

First Sight

Thursday: 7 May 2009 “Twenty-five minutes until we land in Keflavik, Iceland please fasten your seat belts as we prepare for landing.” Wow, feelings of anticipation and thoughts about an unknown territory that is beautiful by nature and mystical in a sense, especially after viewing many photographs and reading about many aspects of this island….

The New Yorker

Wednesday: 6 May 2009 The crisp fresh air after a constant drizzle of a late spring rain feels refreshing despite the views of those who reside in the large city and despise the dreary days in New York City. Especially since it interferes with daily activities for those who rely on walking from one destination…

A Sunday with Friends

Today was a wonderful day! While I sit here and reflect on the days events I realize that it is an amazing thing to have friends and enjoy those moments you share with people that have entered your path called life. To find people who are passionate about the world around them and enjoy aspects…

Experiences in Disaster Management II

I have not had hands on experience in a disaster situation but I was fortunate to be part of a delegation that went to Southeast Asia to inform people within this region of the Millennium Development goals and about UN initiatives. While I was in Cambodia I got to learn about the communities that have…

Dreaming in Color

Today I had a discussion with a friend of mine, from Romania, about how he normally dreams in Black and White but had a dream in color for the first time last night.  I have never really thought about the fact that some people dream in color and others in B&W so I did a…

Experiences in Disaster Management

I have not had hands on experience in a disaster situation but I was fortunate to be part of a Human Rights Delegation this summer in Bosnia I Herzegovina. I was able to work with a number of organizations that are assisting the country in redevelopment in a area that has been devastated by mortars/landmines,…

Hurricane Gustav: Phases of the Emergency Management Cycle

             Disasters are recurring events that are global targets without boundaries and result in various levels of misfortune.  However, with proper emergency management procedures the impact of a disaster can be less fatal and easily prepared for.  A course of action in response to a disaster is imperative for governmental agencies at the local, state…

The Media: Positive Attributes

The Media: Positive Attributes             The significance of the media in the lives of people around the globe has increased dramatically since realizing communication is a vital component of disaster prevention and management.  This growing influence is simply improving our connection to the realities of rising threats of natural and technological disasters through projected information…

London, England

September 21, 2007 through September 22, 2007   Natasha and my travels to Europe began with a couple days in the city of London before we boarded our plane heading for Geneva, Switzerland.   Arrival in London We arrived in London at 8:30am Saturday morning at Gatwick Airport which is located about an hour south…

Literature Review: Glass, Paper, Beans

            The sun rises over the horizon and I begin my morning reading the pages of Leah Hager Cohen’s Glass, Paper, Beans; sipping on a Starbuck’s house blend coffee, in an over sized glass, which holds a substantial amount of this homemade brew.  When truly analyzing these everyday items such as the pages that make…