One Month in El Salvador

Ellie with her friends.

 Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place.” – Jasmine Guinness

Everyone I’ve interacted with at school, home, and out and about is exceptionally nice. My new friends (Pictured below) have introduced me to school life and helped me infinitely with vocabulary, pronunciation, and learning some cultural norms. My Paredes family took me in one month ago (January Sixth) and I’ve been welcomed into the family ever since. I’ve gone to family dinners with guests of friends and relatives. I’ve been shopping with the cousins and baking with some nieces. Continue reading “One Month in El Salvador”

It’s Cold in Athens

The New Year began with a few inches of snow and subzero temps. The girls wisely went to Albuquerque ahead of the snow and spent time taking in the Sandia Mountain range in 60-degree weather.

The falls at White's Mill push through the ice.
The falls at White’s Mill push through the ice.

Chaco Canyon

After leaving Albuquerque we (Bob and Ellie) embarked on a very bumpy ride to Chaco Canyon. The canyon started out as a lively trading post hosting 50-100 year-round residents with seasonal guests constantly flowing in and out. The 700 room, four floor building, Pueblo Bonito, was built and rebuilt by the Chacoans using different masonry styles from 900-1130 A.D. The picture below shows part of Pueblo Bonito with some information about the cultural significance of the site. We got to look around the inside of the building even going inside a mostly intact room within the Pueblo. None of our photos could capture the sheer size of the building or its overwhelming presence in the canyon.

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KinderGraph Theory

Jenny is sick and Ellie had homework, so Kenzie and I were left alone to have our own fun. We got out a small whiteboard (one of many made from a giant 4′ x 8′ sheet purchased at Lowes and cannibalized into whiteboards of various sizes).

Starting with an idea from the wonderful Socks are Like Pants, Cats are Like Dogsby Malke Rosenfeld and Gordon Hamilton, we decided to build “pictures” that showed how many letters different names had in common, beginning with just two: KENZIE and ELLIE.

KENZIE and ELLIE diagram.

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R.I.P. Zygmunt Bauman

My academic friend and teacher, Craig Howley, introduced me to the writings of Zygmunt Bauman a decade ago. This Polish philosopher and sociologist died on the 9th of January at  the age of 91. You can read more about him on Wikipedia, where I got the picture below. LINK


He authored many wonderful books full of great wisdom for our times and it would take several lifetimes to appreciate them all. Continue reading “R.I.P. Zygmunt Bauman”

Our Women’s March

I spent the day listening to Jenny’s, Hannah’s, and Ellie’s stories of the DC march and the people, the emotions, and the awe of it all. I looked at Jenny’s pictures and talked to Ellie about her disbelief at the number of people there. I heard stories of women going into labor, of crowds moving aside for ambulances, of people holding up other people. What a gift to have them consider the home I’m part of as a source of strength to come back to. Much rest and reconnection as well as reflection today. There is a nice set of Jenny’s photos on this Flickr album (LINK) and I will be adding to it once I get Hannah’s pics.