Ready…Set…Staging!

The application process for getting accepted into the Peace Corps is not for the faint of heart. I wrote a lot about my process and the “why” of my service right over here. You write statements, seek recommendations, scour the internet for tips, finally get an interview request, scour the internet some more, interview, and…

2016 Reading Challenge: 50 books

This book is a masterpiece of storytelling. The human and emotional depth is especially impressive given the vast cultural difference the author also had to include and make understood. There is nothing funny about this book. What makes it so good is the depth of honesty and pain that the author doesn’t shy away from….

Grandpa

“As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:4-5 As a young girl I wondered about him from the absences. Years later, I witnessed him in the transition. And now,…

A Few of My Favorite Books

The Chosen by Chaim Potok An instant favorite. Chaim Potok is an incredibly gifted writer and captured emotions throughout the book that I don’t think I have ever experienced in writing before. A beautiful story full of pain, heartbreak, love and friendship. To write about friendship and the relationship between men and their sons in…

Other.

In the lovely state of Michigan, 63 miles west of Detroit, off Interstate-96, you’ll find a commonly passed yet rarely noticed town by the name of Fowlerville. Pop off the highway and mosey through the street lined with fast food chains and Wal-Mart. Make your way down the main street to the single traffic signal in the center of town. Then…

Coming and Going

Somehow, even in the coming and going, I’ve found home. Home lives in the memories; in the streets, the steps, the couches, the movies, the conversations, the meals, the porches, and the memorable moments. I’ve done a lot of leaving, yet I remain convinced that the reason I can leave confidently is because I know that when I return to the people I love, I will always be returning home.

Next stop: Thailand!

The world only exists in your eyes – your conception of it. You can make it as big or as small as you want to.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great Baltic Bike Adventure

This may have been the most active summer of my life. It kicked off with a two week road trip including plenty of long walks throughout Ireland and Scotland, then I walked Hadrian’s Wall Path for five days with my mom, and to top off the summer of exercise and sunshine I went on a two week bike trip…

Sannu. Welcome.

Face after face. Sannu, you are welcome. Another face. You are welcome. A hug, a kiss, a name. Sannu, you are welcome. There was an uncomfortable tug at every inch of my body that made it hard to concentrate. Blurry, lost, exhausted, thirsty. Another face. Sannu, sannu, sannu, welcome, welcome, welcome. It repeats. A visit too long overdue yet a visit perfectly on time. A different world. An unknown culture. So much left to be discovered….

The End

We went to bed early last night because we had a 5am wake up call this morning. A PhD student at Newcastle gave us a contact and through the friend of a friend, we had a trip planned to an organization called iRisee; 70km from Delhi in a rural farming community called Merwat. We woke…

Indian Hospitality

I let the pressure and frustration of cancelled meetings and unhelpful conversations get the best of me Monday evening, leading to an email to my advisors back in Newcastle asking for some new ideas. Luckily, they had some great suggestions and one connection gave us contact information for the owner of a low-cost private school…