October 2012

October’s big news was the “Big Dance! BIG Daaaaaaance!” in Brazil’s Acre State as guests of the Yawanawa: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features http://www.yawanawa-project.org/ Four of us set out from Sao Paulo on Oct 23: besides me there were Satya Moses and Lee Carter, residents of New Hampshire both aged 17 years, and Erick Schulz, our host in S.P:

September 2012

Amazonia diverted me from keeping to my blog schedule; now back in online world, I can report that during September I enjoyed: Sacre Bleu – book by Christopher Moore (the color blue incarnates as a woman to inspire the Impressionists) The Changeover – book by Margaret Mahy (a girl fights an ancient fiend to rescue

August 2012

The chief news of the month’s first half was the premier visit to South Texas of Arish & Kurush Dubash, accompanied by Miss Roshni Panday, and announced by a white-headed skunk crossing the road as I pulled out of the driveway to collect them at 5:30am at the train station. We went immediately for breakfast

July 2012

Dr. Claudia Welch , whom I have known for nearly three decades as student, colleague, and friend, and Cate Stillman have teamed up to demonstrate the unique utility of the internet-as-teaching-tool by offering a 6-week, rolling admissions audio course on Healthier Hormones. Though abundant information is available on women’s health and hormones,

June 2012

The Moon and Saturn, Spica and Mars, and Arcturus, at arc’s end, greeted me in Texas on the evening of June 1. On the morning of June 2, I heard a woodpecker flailing determinedly at some metal on the roof over my head (having some months earlier actually seen one on neighbor Hilda’s roof pecking

May 2012

Shortly after my return to the US of A I embarked on a 10-day road trip with my sister & Miss Roshni Panday. We flew in and out of Las Vegas, but slept only one night in that town, spending the remainder of our time in southern Utah (save for the night of May 4

April 2012

April 2012: Of Gods and Men: slow-paced movie that I watched in Australia on Easter Day about a group of French Trappist monks living in Algeria who were kidnaped & murdered by Muslim fundamentalists in 1996. As always, the North Coast of New South Wales was good to me (if a bit rainy) during this

March 2012

As always, the North Coast of New South Wales was good to me (if a bit rainy) during this month’s second half: excellent surf for boogie boarding; delicious food; plenty of free time for movies (The Hunger Games and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in the theater, The Lovely Bones on DVD), writing, and reading,

February 2012

The second month of the Year of Mayan Doom (for some) continued for me in North India, where events played themselves out more/less as expected, and where (in trains, planes and taxis) I continued to read. In December I had completed Men Against the Sea, the story of how, after being kicked off the Bounty

January 2012

Early January again found me in India, confronting the usual challenges. One portion of the month I spent out in the forest near wild elephants, witnessing the ever-closer march of humanity clearing land and erecting structures. In this regard I must confess some sympathy for the she-elephant who was recently found to have actually consumed