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Oh Susannah! Won’t You Cook For Me?

Ranchi, India January, 2011 Oh Susannah! Won’t You Cook for Me? My husband, David, and I are the guests at the home/guesthouse of Mrs. Bhola Singh. She is about 75 years old– a remarkable woman– independent and deeply devotional– a … Continue reading

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ATM

  ATM Now that we are home from India and settled, I have more stories and pictures to share with you all. And I’d better get writing before the rains stop. Spring and the gardens will lure me away from … Continue reading

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Eighth Wonder of the World

  On American highways we have signs that tell us when to stop, to go,to merge, to beware of a curve ahead, and how fast is acceptable. It’s all safely determined ahead of time. Everyone knows the rules and most … Continue reading

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Storm Over the Ganges

  “Just because we can’t see angels doesn’t mean they do not exist. You must realize that your realm of experience is just an infinitesimal part of creation. There is an invisible veil that separates us from a more subtle … Continue reading

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Rishikesh to Jaipur

Before leaving Rishikesh we did catch an afternoon aarti on the Ganges. Aarati is devotional singing on the steps (ghats) that lead to the river. The Austrian Ambassador was visiting with a Chamber Orchestra that day. It was a symbolic … Continue reading

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Night Train

Night Train Knowing I’m going to spend the night on a train fills me with anticipation. There is a certain intimacy of sharing a cabin with other passengers, and in India, usually great conversations. We stand on the platform waiting. … Continue reading

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Noida to Rishikesh

  In India I found a race of mortals living on the earth, but not adhering to it. Inhabiting cities but not being fixed to them. Possessing everything but possessed by nothing. Apollonius Tyaneus, Greek traveler of the 1st century … Continue reading

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Two Hungers

There are places on earth where great souls have lived, not those that have run corporations, made huge sums of money or were world famous, but those that have lived an exemplary inner life. They leave footprints on the earth like the … Continue reading

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Photos

The house. Gardens in front are all pink and red geraniums and         Monet’s Kitchen  –blues and yellows and lots of copper. In the distance you can see the green Japanes bridge in Monet’s garden

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Last Days in Paris

The place we rented in Paris was a little far away from all the tourist activity, but it just happened to be right near the largest weekday market. It was more than four city blocks long with varieties of mushrooms … Continue reading

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