End of Year Reflection

Highlights (and lowlights) of 2018

December 29, 2018

Without a doubt, 2018 was a life-changing year.  As I write this I am sitting on my bed watching the sunrise from my 6th floor apartment in Abu Dhabi. The haunting call to prayer sounded 30 minutes ago, gently nudging me out from under my warm duvet. I wish I could say that pulling back the curtains and watching the day unfold through my floor to ceiling windows is something I do everyday. If I’m not still under the covers…

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Silk Weaving on the Silk Road

In 2016 I traveled from Xi’an to Kashgar to follow the ancient trading route known as the Silk Road. Silk was only a small fragment of this vast network but as China’s most guarded secret it is the one material with the most mystery…

December 27, 2018
Charlotte Snow Day Weaving

Snow Day

Today was the first true snow day we’ve had in a couple years. Snow is a rarity in Charlotte and just a few inches completely shuts everything down. The world was so quiet this morning, the roads empty. I decided it was the perfect…

January 17, 2018
Fiber Art Rug Making Rya

Making a Rya Rug

Many years ago I took a fibers in class in college and learned to weave. On a large picture frame I wove my first tapestry that was full of every fiber imaginable. It was fluffy, scratchy, bumpy and smooth and from that moment on…

November 29, 2017
Asia Southeast Asia Thailand

Golden Age Thinking in Koh Chang, Thailand

While in Koh Chang last summer I found a Lonely Planet guidebook in our guesthouse from the 1990s. It described Koh Chang as an adventurous island for people wanting an off-the-beaten-path experience. It explained how Koh Chang had few paved roads and the best-preserved…

April 18, 2016
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Waking Up in Rissani

I awoke suddenly, my back aching from the rock-hard bed I’d slept in. A beetle scurried across the tiled floor into the bathroom and I drew the thin blanket around me.  My partner was still asleep, his breath audible and gentle. I breathed in…

March 29, 2016