Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Tonight’s December thirty-first, Something is about to burst. The clock is crouching, dark and small, Like a time bomb in the hall. Hark, it’s midnight, children dear. Duck! Here comes another year! –Ogden Nash

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Where do the quail go when it snows?

When I was a very little girl, we had a picture book called Where Do the Butterflies Go When it Rains?  The thought of it fascinated me.  There were illustrations of where all the little creatures go–but it never really … Continue reading

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It is not enough

In her book Stars, with thoughts about Christmas, Chieko N. Okazaki shares some important lessons from obscure parts of the Christmas story. I like what she writes about the wise men who had followed the star until they arrived at … Continue reading

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We are still here

According to Mayan legend, the ancient calendar ended Thursday night at midnight, ushering in the end of the world. We are still here. I remember many years ago when Adam was in 4th grade, he came home from school one … Continue reading

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Where’s Waldo? Home again!

It’s hard to believe that days ago I was hot, sweaty, dirty, and tired, surrounded by beautiful African faces. Now I see snow out the window and I’m listening to Christmas music instead of Muslim prayer calls multiple times a … Continue reading

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Time to go somewhere

Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere; sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore. – Stefan Zweig

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Off to Mali!

This will be my last post for a couple of weeks. Tomorrow we fly to Mali. I’m so excited I can hardly sit still. I can’t wait to feel the warmth of the African sun on my face and feel … Continue reading

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