reddirtlattes/ March 14, 2020

A recipe for crazy times.  It’s been a crazy time. It is a crazy time. I vacillate between calm trust, and pure anxiety. For someone already prone to anxiety this is quite the test of will. I hope this finds whoever is reading it with loved ones, feeling safe, feeling hopeful. I have asked my husband so many times over

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Tea time

reddirtlattes/ January 28, 2020

Radical self-care. I’ve found myself gently easing into this. No big new year’s resolution. No waking up on the 1st with a whole new agenda. My 1st of January actually looked very similar to my 31st of December. Then the 1st turned into the 2nd, turned into the 3rd…. I’ve been homeschooling my children on the island. I wasn’t sure

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A day in gold

reddirtlattes/ December 4, 2019

“This World” by Mary Oliver I would like to write a poem about the world that has in it nothing fancy. But it seems impossible. Whatever the subject, the morning sun glimmers it. The tulip feels the heat and flaps its petals open and becomes a star. The ants bore into the peony bud and there is a dark pinprick

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Little bird

reddirtlattes/ November 12, 2019

A bird hit our window today. It’s happened before. Thankfully, not often. Our windows are so big and beautiful. So easily missed in reflection. My daughter stood at the window, crying out, as she watched it lying on the ground. I went to her, to see, but quickly walked away. I didn’t want to watch it suffer. I didn’t want

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The Dragonfly

reddirtlattes/ September 13, 2019

We didn’t expect to find it, so late in summer, with fall only some wind gusts away. My son caught it, called us over. We didn’t expect to find a dragonfly hanging from its own death. We didn’t expect to see a dragonfly the moment it was born. Its head seemed still attached to what it had once been. So

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Home is where….

reddirtlattes/ October 20, 2018

We’ve always traveled with all of our things. Our home shut up in boxes, shipped across oceans, unloaded and unpacked, bringing our memories and comforts with us. This is the first time we have traveled empty handed, leaving our home intact upon our island.  It’s an interesting feeling to try and settle somewhere while leaving your home in full bloom

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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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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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