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Sunday, January 9th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm via ZOOM.

Please join us for a fascinating presentation by Rebecca Neale on Sunday, January 9th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm via ZOOM ONLY.  

You’re not Going to Believe What Happened in Turkmenistan”

On September 12, 2001, Rebecca Neale learned of the 9/11 terror attacks as told to her in Uzbek. Her friend recounted what the state-run news reported: That two planes crashed into each other over New York City. She thought maybe she should get out an Uzbek-to-English dictionary. If only she had one.

Thus began the end of one year of Peace Corps service in Turkmenistan, a nation bordering northern Afghanistan. Turkmenistan and Afghanistan may share ethnic origins and have a similarly challenging geography, but they have many differences because Turkmenistan was once a Soviet Republic, which indelibly shaped Turkmenistan’s culture. There is nowhere quite like Turkmenistan, a country with a golden statue of their president dominating the skyline and an equally large crater ceaselessly burning leaked methane in the middle of the desert. Rebecca was welcomed into many homes and shared countless cups of tea with people living lives of extraordinary challenges. She will introduce attendees to the unique country of Turkmenistan with photos and stories.

Rebecca Neale grew up going to the First Parish. After leaving Bedford for college, she lived in Turkmenistan, California, and New York before returning to start her own law firm right here on Great Road. She helps families with their wills and trusts (aka “estate planning”) and helps people navigate divorce. She was a Community Health Educator in the Peace Corps and in California.

** First Parish in Bedford is proud to present this talk as part of its free, monthly, community forums (lyceums) on a wide range of topics.   All talks are free and open to the public.   Registration is not required.  **

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Topic: Bedford Lyceum
Time: Jan 9, 2022 03:00 PM

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