In Memoriam

Caveat:   This is a long one, 20 years is a long time. Do not attempt to read it at all if you do not like cats.   You should not have released an intact male back into the city.    My new acquaintance, and part of a network of “cat people” in San Francisco who dedicate…Read more »

Happy hopeful homes

It is true that most of the houses in Nepal are of the same basic 12-15 ft by 12-15 ft cement block style.  It is also evident that the advent of cement must have been transformative for the entire country.  It is also true that most of the cement buildings are fairly plain and those…Read more »

Alice in Wonderland

This week, I finally got out my camera, well, my iPhone actually.   I had carried a camera and the iPhone to and from Rwanda, without taking a single picture.  My first months in Kathmandu suggested that the same would be true in Nepal.  In a heartbeat, all that changed. The perception of color is, for me,…Read more »

Token of Love

Thank you aniji. It’s our pleasure to help you. Personally, I’ve found you so kind and helpful than I had thought before. We’re really blessed to have you here. We’re sure our preparations won’t discourage you. We’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. It is I who am blessed to be here.  Thank you for…Read more »

Late to the party

It used to be that when I was sick or tired, or down-in-the-dumps, that I would seek out an action flick to give me a kick in the pants to get up and get going.   I called them my “testosterone” movies because they had to have male leads to wake me up.  In recent…Read more »

Smooch for the pooch

Well, today I had an experience that I can say with certitude I have never had before.   In the middle of a 20 day week of traveling tour in Nepal to deliver training workshops to English teachers, I had to pass through Kathmandu.  The fact is, you can’t travel anywhere in Nepal by air without…Read more »

People Peeping in Pokhara

When I was in undergraduate and graduate school in California, I used to like to watch people.   There was a lot to see in Santa Barbara in the late sixties and early seventies, from beach “bums” to surfers, fraternity and sorority guys and gals, to nerds, although they weren’t called that back then.   I’d buy…Read more »