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  • P1070001

    Above the Clouds

    I joined the staff choir for two closely related reasons. First, I wanted a creative outlet. Second, I have always had a tolerable voice, and it frustrates me when I get so out of practice that I don’t sound right. So, staff choir was a […]

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    Indian Thanksgiving

    Obviously, the move to India has not been an unqualified success. I have had a lot to grumble and complain about. The oddities of the school, the white person tax, the constant need for patience. And, of course, my wife’s six week absence due to […]

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    Activity Week: Day 5

    What follows is from my handwritten journal chronicling Activity Week, where I, along with 17 fourteen-year-olds and two others adults, lived for a week in the impoverished Indian village of Gaird. I am so freakin’ ready for this to be over. I am tired, hot, […]

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    Activity Week: Day 4

    It is 3 PM and I am exhausted. The day began early with tea at 6:30 and breakfast at 7:30. Then we broke into groups and tried our hand at a variety of (staged) agricultural experiences. I plowed land using two cows as power. I […]

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    Activity Week: Day 3

    Today was a (relatively) relaxing day. We let the kids sleep late and had the chai delivered to the campground instead of sleeping to the eating area. So a late(er) morning, then breakfast. Chipati and potato masala. Dear lord, it was phenomenal. Plus, I finally […]

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  • P1060752

    Activity Week: Day 2

    The day began well, had a rough middle, and worked out okay in the end. We awoke early to a very cold morning. A shower would have been nice, but a sponge-bath inside a four-feet high cube of black tarp with freezing cold water was […]

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  • P1060715

    Activity Week: Day 1

    What follows is from my handwritten journal chronicling Activity Week, where I, along with 17 fourteen-year-olds and two others adults, lived for a week in the impoverished Indian village of Gaird. The ride was uneventful, though very windy and full of hair-breadth turns. I would […]

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    My week away

    Tomorrow, I leave Mussoorie for 6 days of camping in a rural Indian village with a gaggle of ninth graders. It is called Activity Week and each grade spends a week away from the school doing activities that encourage exploration and an awareness of nature. […]

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    The Winterline

    The Monsoons have finally fled, and have been replaced with “the Winterline,” a natural phenomenon visible on in Mussoorie and Switzerland. The Winterline is a false horizon visible only from high altitudes. The heat from the plain rises and hits the cool air off of […]

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    Diversity is not the goal

    I like to think I am a tolerant person. But sometimes, I think I am just kidding myself. Why I signed up to teach at a Christian School, I thought I would have the mild annoyance, but that, for the most part, I would barely […]

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