Turkmenistan Postscript

What is it that stands out most when I think back to our visit in Turkmenistan? Is it the heavenly horses, the marble buildings, the heavy handed government? These images contribute but contrasted to all of these things are the children we met and shared our culture with. I came back from this trip hopeful. Please take a look at the following video

Also, the day I got home I wrote this song in response to our visit.

Click Here to listen and read the lyrics.

My hats off to the Turkmen people, the U.S. Embassy, the Turkmen Horse Association and to their Government for inviting us, and to my compatriots, Candra Day of Vista 360, Linda Svendsen, Gail Steiger and Andy Hedges.


6 comments on “Turkmenistan Postscript

  1. Oh, Hal. Thank you so much for your blog posts about this amazing journey. Gail told me about the children singing this song for you, but I was totally unprepared for the power of the moment. What a gift to be able to share in this way. There is hope.

  2. Sue Rosoff says:


  3. tamsemandal says:

    I’ve been following your posts on a daily basis… really looking forward to them. Thanks for going… thanks for keeping us all apprised. Your reflections allowed me to “be there” without having to deal with incidents of stomach upheaval, living a dorm life, or having to curtail my angst about authority.

    “Silver Dove” is absolutely beautiful! A wonderful culmination of the good will sent and received. Thank-you!

  4. PGaryEller@aol.com says:

    The video link appears to be faulty.

  5. your daughter says:

    I enjoyed your sweet tribute song! Thanks!

  6. Candra Day says:

    Dear Hal, I just listened to the song for the first time today — June 19. (This is how behind I am.) I love it and it makes me cry, remembering the kids again, and makes me want to do more. Thank you for reminding me what it’s all about.
    Candra P.S. My video link for “We are the World” doesn’t work either.

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