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  • Little Women

    February 11, 2020 by

    I’ve been thinking about ‘Little Women.’ If you don’t know Little Women is a book, most people read as kids, about four sisters, the March sisters, and their life in Massachusetts during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era that follows. Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women based on her own sisters and their upbringing.… Read more

  • Christmas Traditions

    December 31, 2019 by

    Hey, Merry Christmas, it’s the last day of December, I think I can say that.  The last week has been a blur of eating, driving, parties, cooking, and whatever else happens leading up to Christmas Day. And while I inhale my hundredth Christmas cookie, and recycle this plaid ribbon, the week between Christmas and New Year’s… Read more

  • miLAn

    November 20, 2019 by

    Why Milan is the Los Angeles of Italy.

  • End of summer reflections, while the news from home is exploding

    November 4, 2019 by

    My friend Libby, lives in Sicily, with her partner Giancarlo. Libby is originally from Seattle, and I’ve known her for about 10 years. Since I’ve known Libby she’s had a steadfast love for all things Italian. She lives with Giancarlo, on a cool spot of land that’s surrounded by carob and olive trees a little… Read more

  • How to fight loneliness

    October 22, 2019 by

    One of my favorite concerts I’ve ever been to was about 10 years ago, when Wilco played at the Wiltern in L.A. I haven’t seen them since because they seem to pass through L.A whenever I’m out of town. Before leaving I knew one of the things I wanted to do was see Wilco while… Read more

  • When in Rome cry in a bathroom

    October 15, 2019 by

    Landing in Rome I feel excited to be back. When I left Rome it was the end of August, and most people were on vacation, I kept hearing that it was empty and to wait for when Summer is over and school starts. And after arriving in the morning and showering and eating and napping… Read more

  • And then it was done

    October 15, 2019 by

    Two weeks went by in a blink. Would I go back again? Yes. I was asked what my biggest surprise was? And I don’t know if I was surprised  by anything outright.  I would say there are things I didn’t think about until I got there that were obvious ‘oh yeah’ moments. I think coming… Read more

  • Sunday

    October 14, 2019 by

    Before leaving  LA, I was told that anything I brought to wear, had to be below the knee. This was most important for attending church, which ideally a skirt or a dress needs to be worn. Wearing clothing that’s an appropriate length, is a cultural norm. If a woman were to choose to ignore these… Read more

  • Let’s talk about donuts. I mean photos

    October 1, 2019 by

    One of the English teachers approached me, through Christina, and asked if I could come and sit in on his class, the following day. From what he said, he made it sound like he wanted me to come talk to his class for a few minutes and show them photos about my life. If someone… Read more

  • School Day

    October 1, 2019 by

    School starts at 7am, which means everyone is awake at least by 6:30. Most mornings I wake up to what smells of campfire, but it is the burning of trash. Everyone in the neighborhood burns their trash, at different times of day, but the smell is more prevalent in the mornings. School begins in the… Read more

  • A Little More Set Up

    September 22, 2019 by

    Victor and Christina live in the city of Nampula. Nampula is in the the north eastern part of Mozambique. It’s the the third biggest city in the country, and it’s relatively diverse. Mozambique as a country drives on the left, which is already a little disorienting. But being in a car is little like you’re… Read more

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