Permeations

Summer! For the last few months I was completely erased by work, and as soon as I emerged and found the bits of my life again it was to take it all apart and put it into boxes.

Now there’s a new apartment in the same new city, open windows and walls that feel permeable, air that feels heavy and skin rubbed thin, borders crossed alone and familiar flight paths overhead.

Last summer was quiet and I had too much time to think. This summer is filled with voices and plans and radio waves and the moments of stillness have been rare. I’ve been teaching a bit (but not Spanish) and meeting new people (in Spanish) and meeting old friends in new places (in Hungarian & Croatian, but without remembering any.)

I’m shelving books by color instead of by contents and writing/remembering/thinking in pictures rather than words (again.)

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La Sara en México

Mexicali 2015During Spring break this year, I spent a week in Mexicali, Mexico, interpreting for a mission team from Michigan. I went on the same mission trip two years ago, after arranging a photo show in a venue attached to the church. (We flew into San Diego, and apparently the one full day I spent there was convincing enough to move later on!) Living in a large camp with many other youth groups from around the U.S., we shared daily meals and devotions before heading out to various assignments at churches and charitable organizations. I was with a group that was running a bible camp at a local church. It was the same church I worked with two years ago, so it was good to see familiar faces. We had daily bible stories that the kids acted out, crafts, memory verses, and lots of time just to play with them. Read more of this post

Since The Last Time You Heard From Me

I’ve spent the last few months languishing in a midwestern winter (and by languishing I mean mostly teaching and driving and teaching and driving) and a few brief explorations of warmer climates. The long lightless days have been tedious and difficult, especially in contrast to where I was a year ago, but looking back from here, they did include important and beautiful things:

Exploring new landscapes, seeing old scenes through new eyes, watching Spring creep up on us, finally opening up windows and leaving them open all night long.

blizzard

Snow Days

winter gold

Frenchies

Hangover Lights

Winter Sunlight

Ypsi Winter

Further Snow Days

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Mexicali

Mexicali

Mexicali

Mexicali

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego

commute

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Indoor Spring

tax day

mornings

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señales de la primavera

Starla '13

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