Tender

reddirtlattes/ June 10, 2018

I left my dog at his new home today. The lovely people who asked to take him have been waiting anxiously, their arms looking to pet and lead. I’ve kept hold, not wanting to let go. I finally had to let go. He needed to be in the home that will be his forever now.  My dog now lives on

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Next stop Kenya

reddirtlattes/ May 16, 2018

In only a few weeks we will turn the page and move to Nairobi.  I wondered how I’d feel when the time came to pack up and leave my island. I am surprised at the ease I feel.  I am surprised at how ready I am.  I am leaving a very different woman, than the woman who came to this

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Lessing

reddirtlattes/ May 10, 2018

I have been studying Doris Lessing for a class on postcolonial literature. I just came across her speech for her 2007 Nobel prize win and wanted to share it. It’s something we should all read. Link here:  Lessing  

An exam point-of-view

reddirtlattes/ May 4, 2018

I have now sat exams on three continents, in 4 countries, and am just mesmerized at how beautifully illustrative the process has been on culture.  I do want to stress that everyone I have dealt with in all of these situations was EXTREMELY kind. There is no end to wonderful people all over the world.  That said, the processes could not have been more

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That’s the way the cookie crumbles

reddirtlattes/ April 28, 2018

I’ve lifted my head briefly from my world of stories and sniffles.  We outpaced all viruses all winter and yet I am felled right before my first exam.  It started with my daughter who brought it home from school.  She passed it to my son who shared it with me.  So we all three are sniffling and aching and coughing

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To the Pacific Northwest weather

reddirtlattes/ April 16, 2018

Dear Spring, I am going need to you to try a little harder. It was a very long, dark winter and while I appreciate your tenderness, I need you to assert yourself now, please.  Okay, yes, I did complain about your early arrival last year with a sun that blazed and scorched a bit too soon, so let me apologize.

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Little by little

reddirtlattes/ April 9, 2018

My silence is so full. In between hands reaching for me, my every moment heavy with things to do, care for, tend to, I steal chances, seconds, hidden moments behind doors. I am diving deep in these hidden moments, deep into my nights, into words, literature.  I have been inching my way towards a degree for what seems forever.  I

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My House of Belonging

reddirtlattes/ April 4, 2018

Fires still lit for early mornings and fading light at day’s end.  Skies filled with a sometimes warm sun riding on still too crisp breezes.  Spring seems to whimper in a corner as winter refuses to yield.  But our rhythmic days have returned after the whirlwind tumble of school breaks.  Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s the mediative quality of the

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Road trip

reddirtlattes/ March 27, 2018

After 23 hours of flying my husband arrived from South Sudan and then just hours later we all packed into the car to drive up the Pacific Rim Highway, to where the sea crashes into the shore on wild waves.  Our island is gentle, soft. Our shore is silent and meditative, calming. The open north Pacific, out there on the

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The unpredictable life

reddirtlattes/ March 23, 2018

I love this spot where the sky meets the sea. It is our playground. It is my heaven.  Every day, rain or shine, bundled against cold, or shedding against heat, this is where we come.  Living all over the world is so hard sometimes, but this is why we do it. Had Uganda not been so difficult we would have

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