Greetings from Geneva Switzerland, a city
of beauty, history and outrageously high prices. I've lived here for the
last four years, but have been living and working outside of the U.S.
for more than sixteen years. I often wonder if anywhere will feel like
home. Certainly, my country has significantly changed since I last lived
there, and even more so post 11 September.
For the last ten
years I've been working with the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR). They've been years of both satisfaction and incredible
struggle. To learn more about what UNHCR does, click
My secret dream: quitting my job and
becoming a massage therapist. I would set up my operations, working with
two or three other trained masseuses and masseurs, in a refitted building
that abuts a park or wilderness area. Each massage room would be individually
climate-controlled, with soothing music, candles, top-of-the-line heated
massage tables and adjacent Jacuzzi/hot-tub/shower facilities. The rooms
would be designed in soft Thai-influenced colors and motifs. We would
surround ourselves and our clients with soothing, positive calmness as
we worked to unknot muscles and free blocked energy and emotions.