Today, I’ve launched a new blog site Get Me to the Middle East the web site (tothemiddleeast.com is converting through servers so be a little patient. ) You’ll notice a blue icon on the top of this page. I’m preparing for a trip to the middle of over there as a journalism/blog project focusing on women in the Middle East. Before you click off, here me out on this one. A few years ago, I acted as a cultural ambassador to a group of women from the Middle East. Yes, I expected burqa clad zombies when I took on the volunteer opportunity, but the women I met were fun, professionals and inspiring women from all walks of life. No burqa in sight. Frankly, it was all I could do to keep up with them. I promised the girls I’d visit one day and this summer I intend to make good on that promise. But I need some help. It’s ex-pensive (about $10,000) to travel for weeks (roughly two months and change) in multiple foreign countries: Yemen, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt and Lebanon so far. So, I’ve launched the new blog/web site to help raise funds and awareness about the project. I’ll be adding photos, info, updates and more. Much of the funding I’m raising through my own savings, but plane tickets, travel in country, and new equipment capable of handling a brutal trip ain’t cheap. Please take a moment to check out the site and feel free to donate, ask questions etc.