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

December 27, 2018

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 and legend. It was in the city of Hotan (Hetian) in China’s Xinjiang province that I got to experience the magic of silk road silk. Once a separate kingdom on the edge of the Taklamakan desert,…

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Snow Day

January 17, 2018

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 opportunity to take some photos of a log cabin patterned scarf I just finished, inspired by the icy temperatures and starkness of winter. When my husband first saw it he said it reminded him of Helsinki.…

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Making a Rya Rug

November 29, 2017

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 all I ever wanted to do was create art with yarn. At the end of the year to make room for new yarn, my professor allowed me to take several cones of rug wool for free,…

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Golden Age Thinking in Koh Chang, Thailand

April 18, 2016

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 rainforest in Southeast Asia. The transportation options were limited, most of the tourists were Thai and the beach huts had no electricity. How quickly things change. I’ve got the syndrome that Owen Wilson had in Midnight…

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Snapshots: The Mean Streets of Delhi

April 11, 2016

In March I visited India for the first time with a group of teenagers. We all spent a week in Delhi and made a day trip to Agra. The kids spent their time volunteering at a school and I spent too much of my time nursing them back to health and making a million phone calls. Delhi belly found us and it wasn’t pretty. Illnesses aside, we managed a few great days of sightseeing. We also got to experience the…

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Waking Up in Rissani

March 29, 2016

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 deep and thought back to the night before, weaving the thread of events back together. Our bus had broken down in the middle of the Atlas mountains. I remember the stressed look on our drivers face…

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