The latch & beckoning

[Not the name of a hip, pretentious restaurant] As time cruises toward my moment departure for my next venture – a little over two months in Myanmar – the dual nature of a travel-filled life becomes more poignant, more sharp.  Life at home is pleasant and joyful and comfortable… but I know there’s more out there…

Reminiscing: Christmas in the field, 2011

As I’m winding down my Christmas Eve and eager to begin a long winter’s nap here in San Diego, I’m going over some fond memories of holiday seasons past.  Particularly remarkable was the Christmas holiday I enjoyed in the Philippines in 2011, starting with my research team’s absolutely joyful end-of-season/beginning-of-Christmas-vacation party, and my sister and…

“Lucky Charm”: For Autism Awareness Month

Though I wonder whether the plethora (excess?) of “awareness months” dilutes the meaning of such initiatives, I do try to take some time to reflect on whatever causes are associated with a given month.  This month’s “awareness” issues include autism, which is near and dear to my heart.  My wonderful brother Danny has autism, so…