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December 7, 2017

After being pushed to my emotional limit in 2015, I chose to spend 2016 on a journey of renewal and personal growth. I consider it my year spent as a true nomad – living in near constant motion, roaming between one opportunity to the next, both professional and persona...

March 23, 2017

The surrounding peaks glowed orange as we trudged on deep in the Kali Gandaki gorge. We had not planned to hike this stretch of the trip, but when we missed our connecting bus that afternoon I suggested we continue on foot, sure that we’d catch a ride along the way. Ha...

October 15, 2016

Last fall the Center for Social Impact Learning (part of the Middlebury Institute campus) sent me to a 3 day digital storytelling workshop at Story Center, an NGO based in Berkeley California that works exclusively to empower the storyteller in each of us. While there...

August 14, 2016

The veil of fog had already lifted by the time I departed Monterey, that blessed haven of reasonable temperatures in the middle of a scorching California Summer. The air dried out almost entirely by the time I'd reached Hollister, a small farming town blocked from coas...

April 4, 2016

When the Peace Corps invited me to serve as a volunteer in Nepal four years ago, the anticipation of spending two years in the heart of the Himalayas provided a palpable thrill. The classic image of Shangri-la naturally captured my imagination—but the country I came to...

March 23, 2016

It was a sunny afternoon in the hillside of Chautara, Nepal, with a crispness reserved only for the cusp of winter. The fresh air kissed our faces as we set up our program for the neighborhood children: kite decorating followed by a hand-washing demonstration. Each fal...

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