As soon as I moved into Kalidas’s unhappy house, I realized that I had had it with Nepal. I like Kalidas, in spite of his domineering ways. He looks me straight in the eyes, which Sugandha rarely did. And he shows the pain of their terrible loss. Not five months ago, they lost their 19 … More Kalidas’s House
I wrote these words in my journal when I was at Boudhanath, in Kathmandu: Here is the Buddha himself magnificently before me, strong, rounded, ample, powerful. They say that this place, more than any other place in all the world, is where wishes are heard and answered. What are my wishes: 1. I wish to … More The Place that Grants all Wishes
Sometimes I regard the mother-aspect of myself as a separate, stunted, crippled, neglected entity. This is how I view her: She is thirsty for mothering. Her mother died during her pregnancy, a pregnancy she rushed into as a way to connect with her mother. She lost her mother before she could become a mother, before … More On mothering and loss
August 8, 2011 I’m still jet-lagged and consequently did not put myself to bed last night until 5 am. The dogs woke me up a few hours later. I let them lay on the bed with me but they couldn’t settle. So I’m pretty tired right now, plus slightly loopy due to the anti-histamine I … More The Decision to Come Home, Part One
And if you’re wondering why we continually blame the patriarchy, read this: 12 year old Yemeni girl drugged, raped by 50 year old husband Filed under: Children, Civil Rights, Hodeidah, Women’s Issues — by Jane Novak at 10:30 am on Sunday, August 7, 2011 Seeks a savior Hodiedah: In an interview with Marib Press, 12 year old “Hanadi” said she was forced into … More Why We Blame the Patriarchy
If you’re bitching about the heat, check out this post from my favorite feminist on the internet: Spinster aunt begins to hallucinate. Now with seafood similes.
Shit, that was rough. It didn’t seem so during the event. I met my ex-boyfriend for dinner at our neighborhood extra-cool restaurant, ostensibly to thank him for all the wonderful things he did for me before I got home. He stocked the fridge and pantry with all my favorite must-have items (greek no-fat yogurt, blueberries, … More Grown-up Breakups and the Green Tara
SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/aamoret/Nepal/25%20July.2011.doc On my way home, part one: I have not been able to write for a while because I have had very limited access to the internet. Also, my last days here in Nepal have been richly complicated and busy, and I have not had the energy or ability to post. Right now I’m sitting … More On the way home, part 1: Nepali Sexual Politics