Monthly Archives: May 2011


I’m sitting in the teacher’s room, and everything is quiet.  Everything except the hum of the computer.  Everything except a sudden, slow crescendo of raindrops on the leaves in the orchard outside.  Our land is parched for rain, and all … Continue reading

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So this is why I haven’t written

Currently my Dad and brother are visiting me.  This is how I feel about that:    These next few weeks are filled with comings and goings and endings and beginnings, so we will see how regularly I am able to … Continue reading

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I originally wrote the following for the Ars Longa North American newsletter, but there wasn’t space for the entire story.  So I offer it to you here.  It was several months before I could write about my experiences with Annamaria; … Continue reading

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Odds and ends

Non-lengthy things I want to tell you that, when added together, might be lengthy: A) The past few days have been chilly.  The pastor’s wife tells me this is because it snowed a foot and a half in the mountains, … Continue reading

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Walking with Cintia

When the weather warms up in Transcarpathia, it is impossible to stay still.  The world just needs to be walked in.  Cintia shares that belief with me, and, now that it’s actually light when I walk to her house for … Continue reading

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Easter. After I woke up on Easter morning, I walked down the dirt road behind the school and cut some blossoming branches from an unidentified fruit tree (I’m sure someone can identify it; I just can’t).  I put them in … Continue reading

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On the death of Osama bin Laden

This man, speaking over 50 years ago, said it better than I can: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate … Continue reading

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