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How a Swing Set Explains the World

My big Soviet block housing building in Sosnivka opened onto a large courtyard. It was snow covered in winter, verdant spring, sun drenched in summer, and copper-coloured with turning leaves in the autumn. If I stood on my crumbling concrete balcony (which didn’t do often: I was always nervous it would fall straight off the…

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Thank’s, Obama, for the snow day!

It’s March. By this point, even this winter-obsessed girl has begun to tire of the cold. However, I will always say YES to a snow day! I woke up this morning at 5:30am to an alert that school and work were canceled. Maybe I was too excited by the prospect of a definite snow day, but I couldn’t…

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Into the Winter

One if by land, two if by sea…is it three if by air? My last few weeks of winter freedom (before the insanity of work and grad school recommences) were spent in Boston, a winter wonderland if there ever was one. While many of my friends and colleagues were escaping to Florida and California to soak…

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Calm and Bright

I live on quite a busy street: cars and trucks rumble by at all hours. They’re my alarm clocks, really. When the horns and engines reach a certain magnitude, it means it’s time to get up and start the day. However, this morning it was curiously calm and quiet. As the minutes ticked by, I figured…

A year in numbers

Here are just a few: 119 Students attending our biggest week at Camp Galileo this past summer 38 New recipes written down in my cookbook 27th Birthday celebrated 24ish inches of hair cut off 23 Blog posts 22 Sections of English classes taught at the Lycee Edouard Herriot high school in Troyes, France each two…

Reflections

Just about two years ago, I completed my Peace Corps service in Ukraine. It’s amazing to me that it’s been so long! How is it that it was more than 48 months ago that I was living in Sosnivka, teaching English, and living off smetana and pelmeni? I’m getting too old I guess…time is beginning…

What you can learn by standing on your head

I was once asked: What would be the first line of your autobiography? This was my answer: “She always said that learning to do a free-standing headstand was one of her life’s biggest accomplishments: it took dedication, hard work, patience, and balance.” It might seem silly, but it’s totally true. Lessons learned from yoga, like…