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Frustration and hope

frustrazione, n.f. Frustration, defeat. My eyes fell on this entry, just above the line of gun fire dividing the Italian-English dictionary in half. It was on display at the Museum of the Martyrs at the Universidad Centroamericana in San Salvador, one of the books … Continue reading

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Uncertainty for El Tamarindo

Leer en español: Incertidumbre en El Tamarindo We saw the police cars as we arrived. They were gathered around the bulldozer, preparing to enforce the eviction of humble farmers in the Natacha sector of El Tamarindo. El Tamarindo is a … Continue reading

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What’s a YAV?

So far 2014 holds at least one exciting new thing for me: I’m going to be a YAV site coordinator (again)! So, what does that mean? Well, YAV stands for Young Adult Volunteer, a program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) … Continue reading

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“Eres una mujer muy guapa,” she said. I was confused. I’ve often been called guapa, but in the context of this conversation with my friend Aracely it seemed strange. As your high school Spanish memories might lead you to believe, I was … Continue reading

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Heeding God’s Call

It was the first time I ever enjoyed being honked at. A city bus, work vans, a postal truck, family sedans, clunkers, and finally a school bus sounded their horns as I stood in racket-raising vigil with a dozen retirees … Continue reading

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Christmas in La Paz

This year I’ve stayed put in my home base of La Paz for the holidays. Sad to be away from family and friends in California, but grateful for a break from travel and the chance to lean on the kindness … Continue reading

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I’m on vacation this week, visiting Cuzco, Perú, with my friends Tina and Ben. Each afternoon so far has brought unexpected joys, and I give thanks for these glimpses of grace. Once I get back home I hope to have … Continue reading

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