Category Archives: hope

Coming to Grips with Beautiful Israel and Charming Palestine

(popping by after a full year’s silence to share about a recent culturtwining adventure that was particularly poignant to me) My aunt was a fervent supporter of Israel. I, on the other hand, have spent my entire career surrounded by … Continue reading

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Today I saw a random fight break out, and it gave me hope

Today my housemate and I finally ventured out to the famed Prince Islands, the perfect weekend day-trip in Istanbul. An hour-long ferry ride gets you away from the city – except for the fact you can still see it across … Continue reading

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About hoping then unhoping

Since I started my hope journey a couple of months ago, I have had some reason to question my determination to be hopeful. A couple of times now, I have found myself starting to hope for something that I hadn’t … Continue reading

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What are you hoping for this Christmas?

A couple of days ago I posted about the simple and rather joyful hope that I see as I walk through the streets of London on this Christmas season. Well, I got to thinking, wondering what people actually are hoping for … Continue reading

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Hope for Christmas

Christmas shopping… it’s definitely picking up into full-steam. Black Friday and its other-named days for the Thanksgiving weekend shopping frenzy are now over… this year I had more friends in Brazil commenting on Black Friday than I did in the … Continue reading

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A Hope-Filled Thanksgiving

This weekend was a rare opportunity for me to take some CulturTwining initiative, introducing a cultural tradition to my friends by hosting an event in my home. My housemate and I invited a bunch of friends over for… a Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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In search of Hope in London

The big city is pretty funny. There’s so much reason to hope, but I’m just not seeing it. I sit on the bus and look at the people around me. They don’t look hopeful. They don’t look hopeless, either, they … Continue reading

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Hopeful Links – more stories of hope from #Syria

If you visit CulturTwined with any degree of frequency, you know that Syria is keenly on my heart and mind. I feel more strongly than ever that I am to continue loving that dear country and find ways to share … Continue reading

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Hope for Families – refugees know what that’s about!

A friend recently told me about the UNHCR YouTube series “1 Life 1 Story”. They are video stories of hope from refugees around the world. I may explore them a bit more during my HOPE months on CulturTwined. As you … Continue reading

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Why I started obsessing about Hope – and e-novel about Syria!

We stood around the kitchen island slipping our glasses of red wine and chewing ever-so-slowly on gourmet dark chocolates, talking about the people we love. This is what good friends do, is it not? I asked her how her cousins … Continue reading

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