Even though I had traveled to India many times (over a dozen in my lifetime), when I moved there with my husband, I learned many new things about the culture. I had to adapt to new culture shocks, and learned that visiting and living in one place are two completely different things. Moving to rural India was definitely a challenge. Continue reading
Rachel wrote this post to start the new year and I think it is the perfect theme to start off the new year. Read the post before my thoughts so they actually make sense.
My thoughts: I think it applies to so many things. I have experienced the vinegar to get to the honey many times in the past. It is about taking the risk, surpassing the fear, and jumping; and the bigger the risk the better the honey will taste. Primarily for me, I think there is a lot of “vinegar” to taste when one lives a life surrendered to God, but it will ultimately lead to the best of “honey”. Sometimes you get a glimpse of the bliss or a small taste of the honey along the way to keep you motivated to reach the goal of happiness or to get to the whole jar of honey. May you all find your jar!
This groundbreaking book exposes the hidden sanskaras at work in our daily lives. Filled with ‘ah ha!’ moments, this text confronts humanity’s dark side including depression, violence, greed, anger, lust and murder. The author provides a modern perspective on ancient principles unlocking the very key to our salvation.
Only the most hardened skeptic can resist the profound insights contained in this book. This is the first volume in a series that explores the spiritual roots of human nature in the individual, societies and humanity. Continue reading
I don’t know if you read last night’s post but I may have spoken too soon when I said we were not celebrating Christmas this year. After I posted my post, I went upstairs and found Diane in the laundry room. It was about 7pm on Christmas Eve so I figured they (Jason and Diane) had already had dinner, but Josh and I hadn’t and I didn’t feel like making something elaborate so I was going to make mac and cheese. But it turns out they hadn’t had dinner either, and Diane offered to make spaghetti and I would set the table. Continue reading
Having such an ever-changing and unexpected life, I have experienced Christmas in many ways.
My favorite are still when I was a kid in Mexico City, and between the 24th and 25th I would go to grandma’s house, and my great-grandparent’s house, and my dad’s house, and everywhere I went I would eat delicious food and receive tons of presents which included the occasional ugly clothes, but mostly awesome presents. And then Santa, oh man! Santa gifts were the absolute best, and he would always eat my cookies and milk; I would leave him oreos. (Who can resist oreos and milk?) And finally, on the night of January 5th, Los Tres Reyes Magos (The Three Kings), would leave gifts as well. Continue reading
The NYTimes has published a quiz to show you in which parts of the USA your English is most likely spoken. Whether you are from the US or you’re not (like me), this was fun, and so far seems pretty accurate (it is based in the Harvard Dialect Survey).
I took the quiz twice and I got a different set of questions. The quiz consists of 25 questions, but it seems they have about 30 or 35 questions that randomly rotate each time you take the quiz. Because of this, my results where different each time, but similar. Continue reading