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დიდი ხნის წინ, შორეულ გალაქტიკაში… [Ed.- A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away]

November 22, 2012


Georgian is a difficult language, no doubt about it.  After more than two years living here, I’m nowhere near fluent and even struggle to read and hold complex conversations.  I get shy about speaking and it stands in the way of my improving.  Part of the problem is that I have precious little free time […]

How to Read a Book: With Your Ears!

October 20, 2012


I walk a lot.  I eschew the metro, marshutkas, buses, and taxis in favor of walking whenever I can.  I walk to work, rain or shine, and sometimes on weekends I like to just go for walks.  My favorite loop makes a figure 8 around old town in which I walk up to Nariqala, across […]

What Lies Beneath

October 16, 2012


What lies beneath a country?  What lies beneath a people?  What lies beneath your own identity?  These are not questions with easy answers. I live in an old farmhouse in southern Maine, USA.  We have a red barn, but the rest of the farmland was parceled off as separate lots in the 200 years since […]

In Just Three Easy Payments…!

May 12, 2012


One of the things that has been traditionally most lacking in a Georgian child’s scholastic life has been the opportunity to be creative.  Clearly this has been changing over the years and now, with the help of TLG Volunteers, schoolchildren are having more and greater opportunities to stretch their creative muscles inside and outside of […]

A Motion to Recess

April 26, 2012


Probably not many people have heard of Amos Bronson Alcott, though many will likely recognize his daughter Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women.  I for one, had never heard of him until I began giving some thought to a passage in a recent post.  Alcott was an educator and a philosopher in the […]

Lasting Friendships

February 25, 2012


I drifted in and out of a jetlag-induced sleep while two girls chattered away next to me, giggling.  A wide-rimmed Peruvian fedora covered my eyes and a thick, russet beard covered my chin.  I awoke briefly when the flight attendant brought me a tray of food and tried to join the girls’ conversation.  They were […]