Up until 2016 I didn’t know much about Diwali, and I’ve still a lot to learn. The first time I was really aware of it being Diwali was on my first trip to India back in 2016. The story starts … Continue reading Happy Diwali
Take yourself back to 1978. OK, for some of you that means imagine 1978. Disco was still king, Star Wars had recently come out and blown us all away, and that Christmas I would find a wrapped copy K-Tel’s “Star Power” under the tree. Continue reading Dutch Goes the Photo Challenge: Birthday
It’s been a stressful couple of months here. Earlier in the summer, Sage mysteriously lost 60% of her hearing in one ear. Apparently it is quite a common occurrence and nothing can be done for it. Not only that, in … Continue reading When Stressed: Visit The Temple
I decided to go to the basement where you can find the newspaper reading room. In addition to most of the local papers, there are newspapers in many languages from around the world. I found one with Hindi script to practice my reading and see how much I could understand and started reading.
I looked throughout the front page and understood a handful of very simple words. It was as if I had completely forgotten everything I knew. Continue reading Give Yourself a Break
My teacher, Mitali, has done a fantastic job of keeping my Hindi classes interesting and fun and lately one of our regular activities is for me to learn muhavare – idioms. In any language, these are really fun for me as they are, in a sense, word play and that is something I love. And they also make me think about my world a little differently. Continue reading Wasted Effort
Just recently, my friend found herself in a maximum security prison in the US. In a story she told at Sage’s High Stakes Storytelling show she shares the story of her time there and the connections she made with some of the inmates. Continue reading Story: That Time My Friend Went to Prison
We may seem to be wandering aimlessly but I do have a purpose in the back of my mind. We need to find a place to put our more permanent house. Continue reading Yurt Years – May 1999: We Have a Home