Originally coming from an academic background, I have been writing and traveling extensively for over fifteen years. I've been published in numerous diverse publications, concentrating on international politics but also culture as well. In 2013-2014, I had the distinct privilege to live in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where I was an educator, lecturer, journalist, and tour guide. Recently I have taken up learning the oud, a Middle Eastern relative to the lute and guitar. My thumb has become greener as I tend to our diverse backyard garden.