The Kindness of Strangers

The cool night air whispers against my cheek as I sit in the dark with her, listening to her breathe.  Tucked away in the corner of a dusty store front, I watch the night, and listen to the sounds that surround her every night as she sleeps in her new found place of safety and…Read more »

Maha Devi

The slender, bare-headed man, swathed in red and seated in the circle just to the left and slightly in front of where I stood watching the ring of monks seated around the massive tree gestures to me to sit down next to him.  Gently he pulls the square carpet upon which he is sitting out…Read more »

Fly the Friendly Skies

What time will the flight to Kathmandu leave?   I asked knowing full well that regardless of what the ticket agent might say, he had no idea.  Could be on time.  More likely it would be late.   The question before me whenever I travel by air in Nepal is not will the flight will be on…Read more »

Bad hair days

Today I woke with a smile on my face.  A good night’s sleep for the first time in several days had washed the cobwebs from my mind, it was clear, ready to leap with an open heart into whatever the day had to offer.   Quite a contrast to yesterday, when I was in the throes…Read more »

It takes a village…

The apartment is quiet tonight as the dogs have gone to their home-away-from home as I prepare to travel to deliver another training in eastern Nepal for another week.  I haven’t had to wipe up any dog pee, or rescue the TV remote from the jaws of someone who has mistaken it for a chewing…Read more »

Lord Shiva’s home

I am not sure whether this gradual rising feeling of terror in my chest is due to the less oxygen in the at 13,000 feet or because  my mind is slowly registering that am suspended in a plane not much bigger than a mosquito by some unseen force.  I can hear the engines and feel…Read more »