Author Archives: Gabi

After Rome…the villages beckon.

We’ve spent hours in Rome, exploring the Coliseum, devouring fresh pasta in Trastevere, exploring the Jewish ghetto and climbing every step to every monument and church. This time around, we discovered a different side of the region– a side that’s not enclosed within its walls and not overrun with tourists slurping gelato that turns to melted slush in the brutal […]

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Return to South Africa

My South Africa is more than stunning sunsets, craggy coastlines and majestic mountains. It’s a country where I said goodbye to my sister, Katy, my baby nephew, Sven, and my dad, never to see them again. It’s the place where my friend, Garth, was killed beside me in a car accident on the night of his 21st birthday. It’s also […]

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Finding Ogden

About 20 years ago, I created a fish named Ogden. He sprung to life in my head and flopped onto my computer where he remained, patiently waiting for something to happen. I’d become enamored with writing fairytales with messages and took a correspondence course through the Institute of Children’s Literature. My focus was on creating something magical and inspirational. Ogden […]

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From the corporate jungle to the Nicaraguan jungle: One woman’s journey

Cynthia Nevin Hoen used to start her days long before the sun came up, exercising to pre-empt the day’s stress. Arriving in her New Jersey office at 6am, she’d deal with contract negotiations, committee meetings, corporate staff issues, outside counsel matters along with compliance and risk management concerns and disputes for one of the four hospitals where she operated as […]

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