Little bird

A bird hit our window today. It's happened before. Thankfully, not often. Our windows are so big and beautiful. So easily missed in reflection. My daughter stood at the window, crying out, as she watched it lying on the ground. I went to her, to see, but quickly walked away. I didn't want to watch... Continue Reading →

The Dragonfly

We didn’t expect to find it, so late in summer, with fall only some wind gusts away. My son caught it, called us over. We didn’t expect to find a dragonfly hanging from its own death. We didn’t expect to see a dragonfly the moment it was born. Its head seemed still attached to what... Continue Reading →

Home is where….

We’ve always traveled with all of our things. Our home shut up in boxes, shipped across oceans, unloaded and unpacked, bringing our memories and comforts with us. This is the first time we have traveled empty handed, leaving our home intact upon our island.  It’s an interesting feeling to try and settle somewhere while leaving... Continue Reading →

Tender

I left my dog at his new home today. The lovely people who asked to take him have been waiting anxiously, their arms looking to pet and lead. I’ve kept hold, not wanting to let go. I finally had to let go. He needed to be in the home that will be his forever now. ... Continue Reading →

Next stop Kenya

In only a few weeks we will turn the page and move to Nairobi.  I wondered how I’d feel when the time came to pack up and leave my island. I am surprised at the ease I feel.  I am surprised at how ready I am.  I am leaving a very different woman, than the... Continue Reading →

Lessing

I have been studying Doris Lessing for a class on postcolonial literature. I just came across her speech for her 2007 Nobel prize win and wanted to share it. It's something we should all read. Link here:  Lessing  

An exam point-of-view

I have now sat exams on three continents, in 4 countries, and am just mesmerized at how beautifully illustrative the process has been on culture.  I do want to stress that everyone I have dealt with in all of these situations was EXTREMELY kind. There is no end to wonderful people all over the world.  That said, the processes... Continue Reading →

To the Pacific Northwest weather

Dear Spring, I am going need to you to try a little harder. It was a very long, dark winter and while I appreciate your tenderness, I need you to assert yourself now, please.  Okay, yes, I did complain about your early arrival last year with a sun that blazed and scorched a bit too... Continue Reading →

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