My Facebook filters

My Facebook filters

By Josie Oldenburg, SEND Communications — During Ukraine’s Orange Revolution more than a decade ago, I wrote an article for a newspaper in California. I’d been in the country about six months. I thought I knew so much. I proudly showed the published story to my...
Inoffensive foreigners

Inoffensive foreigners

By Anna McShane — None of us like to be the foreigner. Being foreign means standing on the outside looking in, being different, lacking a sense of belonging. But when we visit a new country, especially if we are a short-term worker or on a vision trip to help our...
Freedom through Facebook

Freedom through Facebook

Bill and Joan Ginther know that switching on the news or scrolling through Facebook just might change their lives. “If you watch the news and do nothing, you should stop watching the news,” Bill said. “That’s how we operate.” And that’s why, several months into the...
Embarrassing baggage

Embarrassing baggage

Twelve years ago, my husband and I moved to Ukraine. Two weeks ago, we moved back to Southern California. Packing up gave us the opportunity leave behind things that we shipped all the way to Ukraine that proved unhelpful, unnecessary or downright embarrassing. Reams...