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International Women’s Day: A Defense and a Lament

International Women’s Day: A Defense and a Lament

Posted on 08 Mar 2017 in Compositions, Development, Life Overseas, Reflections | 5 comments

When my daughter was born, the medical staff asked what name to write down. Without looking at one another, my husband and I both replied, “Magdalena.” We had another name in mind too, but as soon as we saw her face, we knew we wanted her to carry the story of a woman loved by […]

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Of Flags and Feet: Patriotism and Respect around the World

Posted on 30 Jan 2017 in Culture, Life Overseas, Reflections | 2 comments

Earlier this month, Amazon and the nation of India had a small debacle. The first offense on Amazon’s part was to sell doormats emblazoned with the Indian flag. This product was met with much consternation and anger in India. Shortly after, Amazon found themselves in hot water again, this time with a third party vendor […]

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Books We Read in 2016

Posted on 12 Jan 2017 in Life Overseas, Missions, Reflections | 0 comments

Okay, here goes! Not an exhaustive list of our reading for 2016, but a summary of our favorites. Hope you get a chance to pick up a couple of these! We’ll start light, with three different graphic novel recommendations… The Complete Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi) Persepolis is a coming of age story written by a woman […]

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Language Learning: Practical ideas, and some reflections

Posted on 08 Mar 2016 in Life Overseas, Reflections | 3 comments

…In which I use a great deal of English to elaborate on learning a little bit of Burmese (Or Myanmar language, if you will. Since the language I am learning is the native tongue of the Burma people group, I will refer to it as Burmese for the remainder of this post. For more on […]

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This Winter in Southeast Asia: Our Sweet December

Posted on 26 Jan 2016 in Life Overseas, Photos, Reflections | 2 comments

A journal of our wintertime This has been my first tropical winter overseas. While our North American counterparts were donning scarves and hats and trotting out to the Christmas tree farms with hatchets or sledding snowy hills, we have been absorbing an entirely different sort of winter season. Sweet December—this is what the Karen and […]

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