Tag Archives: beginnings

The refuge of quiet

First, I started writing to my siblings. Then I started writing to one friend, and then another friend, and then a colleague with whom I am friendly and a few friends who are also my colleagues. And each time I … Continue reading

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first days of school

Each August, before the start of the coming school year, while my parents were busy reminding my siblings and me about the importance of doing well in school and making sure each of us was equipped with the necessary accoutrements … Continue reading

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Denouement — sabbatical as pilgrimage, part 2

Denouement. In dramatic terms, the denouement follows a narrative climax and signals the conclusion, which is sometimes marked by resolution although not necessarily. In flight terms, we might think of this as the moment the wheels touch down on the … Continue reading

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“…under every deep a lower deep opens”

An editorial note: The title for this post was originally going to be “…but every end is a beginning,” which WordPress informed me was already the name of a previous post made almost exactly one year ago, near the beginning … Continue reading

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when in rome…

Lines from “An Englishman in New York” swirl about my mind and the Geertzian invitation to “make the familiar strange” beckons with every “pardon” and “look left” written in yellow paint at pedestrian crossings. And with each passing minute in … Continue reading

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good tidings and good intentions

woody guthrie‘s new year’s resolutions (via @boingboing) i especially love the sketches made to emphasize the resolutions — see for example next to #31, the outstretched hug and kiss (Smack!) to the world on the bottom right.  and #15 — … Continue reading

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Montreal, la version longue

I am counting the 12-hour train journey as part of this Montreal chronicle, which began when the train I boarded before daybreak left Philadelphia at 5:52a and arrived in Montreal after sunset, at 7:33p. The sky was beginning to lighten slowly … Continue reading

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aspiring to the french stylings of a toddler

language learning is fascinating doings… especially when you realize that as an adult who is learning or re-learning a new/foreign/second language, you are still going to be bested by the average, 4-year-old native speaker. et voila, capucine! humble pie sure … Continue reading

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a meditation on vipassana

I’m not sure how old I was when I first realized that not all salads contained leafy greens. For much of my childhood, with the exception of egg salad which is not really a salad at all under any definition, … Continue reading

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untitled fiction – part 1

note & disclaimer: while i’m away on my very silent, devoid of communication, meditation retreat, the magical powers of the future scheduling function will allow me to roll out piecemeal my first attempt since college, i think, at writing a … Continue reading

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to come alive

‎”Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman i have never been happier to receive a … Continue reading

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augtember

a friend emailed the other day to ask me how it felt with september approaching to know that I wouldn’t be going “back” — not this year, anyway. “back” of course refers to the sense of returning and beginning again … Continue reading

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the moving chronicles, part 1

as i finished up the last of my packing/cleaning/packing/cleaning/moving epic marathon this weekend, the possibility of this post kept me going. so, without further ado, here’s a snapshot into my otherwise-housekeepingly challenged brain: if my apartment was a military mission, … Continue reading

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month 2

month 2 of the sabbatical began with the conclusion of my reading of the hunger games trilogy — more on that in a separate post — and the end of my reading, prep, and grading for the online course i … Continue reading

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Repurposing

i love the ‘girl on a sink’ postcard — it’s one i picked up somewhere over ten years ago and after holding onto it and enjoying it every time i accidentally came upon it, i just popped in the mail … Continue reading

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