Goodbyes and Smiles

Goodbyes and Smiles

A lot has happened since I last blogged. We said goodbye to our community in Thailand and jet set for the beautiful country of Indonesia. It is a predominantly Muslim country, so recent events did create unwarranted anxiety.

Today is mostly a recap and reflection of the goodbyes, but as our travel slows I hope to share more of my infamous reflections/perspectives in coming days.


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Impending Departure.

Impending Departure.

As our time here quickly winds down, maybe you have been wondering about the future of this blog. Do I have a plan for it, or will it just end? I started to really think about this as I listened to OnBeing this morning during my run. Her guest, Anil Dash, said it takes about 7 or 8 years to become good at blogging: that makes me feel a little bit better.


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Baby Steps

Baby Steps

I wrote this about 10 days ago. I am not really happy with it, but I think it is time to release it.  I continue to write almost daily, but nothing intelligible seems to come out.

I am hoping by turning my thoughts to thankfulness, I will have something 'happier' to share in a few days. Susan and I are well, the weather is beautiful, and the mood around the Garden of Friendship is upbeat. I have been successful in not spoiling it, but I am hoping to catch it!

Last weekend was a nice change of pace. The staff hosted a weekend seminar (with overnight) for children ages about 8-17. They taught sex education, HIV education, emotional health, and much more. A well crafted weekend with lots of fun games, activities, laughter, and smiles. A welcome distraction from my mind, but I am a little sore from doing too much Hula-Hoop!


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My Progressively Bleeding Heart

My Progressively Bleeding Heart

I usually like to sit on these for a day, but this is how I am feeling right now. An attempt to make sense of what this means, what has happened, what way is up. I knew about news bias, I knew people were angry, I knew that this was a real possibility, but that does help it make sense. And I do not know that anyone knows what this means for our future - other than uncertainty.


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