Heidi Isern

writer. thinker. whiskey drinker.

May 2014

Finger Lickin’ Freedom: 4 Things I Love About America….

  I left San Francisco as Friday’s sunset descended, hightailing it on Interstate 80 to make Tahoe for Memorial Day weekend. My speakers blasted Steely Dan and I sang along off key, hoping the wind from my open windows would enhance my soprano. My mind, once saturated with thought, was becoming free. At exit 96, I called my friend. “I have a confession,” I uttered. “I kinda like my own

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Addicted to Intensity*: Interview with a Serial Crisis Zone Doctor

  Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” When we try to help people in third world conflict or disaster zones, we often reach out with our dollars, the universal language. Rarely do we try to understand the people’s language or anything else

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