This Year in Books 2020

It seems this is the only post I write anymore, my annual book review. Each year, I list out the books I read with some commentary with the goal to encourage myself and others to read good books and share what we learn. Considering the wild ride of 2020, I’m happy I hit my goal … [Read more…]

Mom Vision: Indonesia from a mother’s lens.

I pondered over Jared’s request to write about our trip from my perspective. Thousands of memories, images, and thoughts flooded my brain. This left me paralyzed as to how to fulfill this request without leaving anything out, yet being able to convey in an article the magnificence of our trip, without writing a novel. I … [Read more…]

Family Visit To Indonesia!

My parents and I meeting my headmaster. Batik school uniforms FTW! For my quarter-century celebration my family came to visit me in Indonesia. My parents came first to live for two days in the asrama (dormitory), my aunt and cousin from South Africa met us in Bali, where my brother Max showed up as well. … [Read more…]

Jumping Jogja – Trip to Goa Pindul

A few weeks ago 8 fellow Fulbrighters came to visit Jogja on vacation.  I, unfortunately, was still teaching for most of their visit, but I got to participate in one day of adventure.  We went to Goa Pindul, an area known for a small mountain, rivers, and caves. We took a day trip, about 1.5 … [Read more…]

Charge d’ Affaires: A Belated Thanksgiving

Last week, the entire Fulbright ETA program gathered together for our Mid-Year Conference held in Jakarta this year.  After being at our individual sites spread all over Indonesia for the last few months, it was nice to finally be back together to swap stories and whine a little bit. The most common cultural adaptation to … [Read more…]

Documenting Day 1

The term “documentation” may be a curse of the worker, or it may be a human curse finally granted a name once the brutality of the real-world makes itself known.  While in university, the extent of my knowledge of documentation was to never put anything disparaging in writing that could be dug up and reproduced … [Read more…]