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Wewak, Papua New Guinea - September 1995 The darkness begins to dissipate with no sign of the PMV to Ambunti. When the first sun rays appear, we trudge…
And just like that, it's over. The shrieking voices, the jubilant splashes, the shrill drone of motor boats slicing through waves. The aroma of cut…
Hawai’i, U.S.A. – August 1993 The highway from Honolulu to the North Shore slices through naked orange earth. A desolation that I didn't expect. “Those…
It was June of 1997. My favorite place on the riverbank. “C'mon, smile for me,” my boyfriend said. I lifted the sides of my mouth. Some of the tension…
“Each day brings a new surprise – another songbird’s voice, new buds emerge, and, finally, wildflowers. Marsh marigolds first, then violets. The …
Beijing, China - April 2016 A massive red wall rises before me. Mao's image hangs on high, watching over all. A soldier stands motionless, eyes squeezed…
There is a time, in February or March, when the winds turn warm and the sun dispels the gray. The snow recedes. A glimmer of hope, a hesitant smile. Is…
I awaken. Something is different. I blink the sleep from my eyes. Scan my body. Catch my breath. The pain. It's gone. My eyes flicker to the window. The…
Fatima, Portugal – November 11, 2011 (11/11/11) As I enter through the back gate, thick raindrops begin to fall from the sky. I glance down at my watch…
Michigan's Upper Peninsula – September 21, 2018 I am surrounded by waves. Lake Huron on the right. Lake Michigan on the left. They roll back and forth…
My life is not much different now, except that I'm not working. I've always spent most of my free time in solitude. In Nature. The only true authority…