Why Peter Chikoyi loves Bulgaria as much as Zambia

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Zambia and Bulgaria are two completely different places with all kinds of differences from climate to social environment. Yet. when it comes to me, share a lot with these two wonderful nations – one where I was born, and the other where I am being nurturedNo matter where you are, love and respect are all you need to feel at home.

-Peter Chikoyi

Almost 30 years ago, when under difficult circumstances I had to leave my hometown in Zambia to live in Bulgaria, I was naturally scared. Initially, it did seem hard to live in a new cultural environment with a different climate and new people. Continue reading “Why Peter Chikoyi loves Bulgaria as much as Zambia”

Why Jaya Sengupta from India was inspired to initiate the Magic Diary Project

jaya-senguptaIn July 2015,  a Coursera course I attended turned out to be transformational for me. A wonderful instructor, a lovely bunch of participants, and a creative, engaging environment of learning and sharing — it was an intense, inspiring association. I absorbed its multi-cultural experience with great delight, seeing things with a lens I never did before. So many people, so many ideas, and yet we were more similar than dissimilar really, I realized. That is when an idea struck me. Why not come together to create a book or a diary, give wings to our narratives across the globe, and forge a new wave of understanding?  And so, a desire was sown, which eventually blossomed into A Pocketful of Dreams…

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Editor’s Pick: “Good Fortune Arrives Once” from Colombia

I have loved reading and editing all the stories I was assigned to do in A Pocketful of Dreams. But if I am asked to pick just one, I must say that  I got very absorbed in the story about a magic bird and a woman who deserves a break. Add a 1920’s wildly exciting street scene where colors change, children dance, horns blow, the circus arrives and WOW the bird’s and the woman’s life are dramatically changed forever! The story is in how…

-Lyn Cramer

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Editor’s Pick: “Forever to One-Night” from the Dominican Republic

I read and critiqued many stories from our book, “A Pocketful of Dreams,” but this one, in particular, left a lasting impression on me. This quick read of around 15-20 minutes left me feeling giddy and excited to turn every page that followed. The ending will leave you wanting more. Thank you to José from the Dominican Republic for sharing this engaging story with us!

-D.P. LeBlanc

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Why Peter Chikoyi loves Bulgaria as much as Zambia

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Zambia and Bulgaria are two completely different places with all kinds of differences from climate to social environment. Yet. when it comes to me, share a lot with these two wonderful nations – one where I was born, and the other where I am being nurturedNo matter where you are, love and respect are all you need to feel at home.

-Peter Chikoyi

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Minnesotan Lyn Cramer travels the world through reading and writing

lynda-cramerI was born in a tiny prairie town in southern Minnesota. I knew neither woods nor lakes, but changing seasons of the wind: from quiet cool spring mornings, to unending blistering hot summer afternoons, to autumns of falling magical colored leaves and the scent of baking apples, to winters of freezing winds and blankets of concealing snow.

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From Taipei, 13-year-old Reina Wang’s “A Sailor, a Crab, and a New Life”

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Jenny England’s “The Gathering”

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From Oregon, USA, Elin Babcock’s “How Life Moves in Circles”

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