Archive for November 2015

Chicago, Paris and the Cleansing Beauty of Snow

Chicago, Paris and the Cleansing Beauty of Snow
The forecasters were right. Today there is snow outside my window. The first of the season. It’s lovely. Fresh. Clean. Peaceful. Hidden beneath it is the refuge of fall: broken twigs, clumps of brown leaves. But not for long. Next week it will warm again and the snow will melt. The leaves and twigs will show... Read more »

Why Attacking Paris is Personal to Me

Why Attacking Paris is Personal to Me
Because it was Paris, I thought it couldn’t be true. No, I thought. Not there. Not in Paris. I was wrong. Friday night, soulless terrorists inflicted senseless slaughter on the innocent in Paris. Brought death and darkness to the City of Light. Paris. I cannot even say her name without sighing. Without remembering my first view... Read more »

Life Among the Volcanoes and Islands of Indonesia

Life Among the Volcanoes and Islands of Indonesia
In March, I spoke to a young Indonesian woman named Hanifa. At the time, she was living with my neighbor’s family as a foreign exchange student. At the end of the summer she returned home to Java. Before meeting Hanifa, I knew little about Indonesia except what the internet provides. That Indonesia is a country is... Read more »
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