Our New Orleans trip

At the end of the July I had a conference in New Orleans for work, and since it was so close to our two year anniversary, we took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the city together. I had been to New Orleans a few times for work but hadn’t really had a chance to […]

Naw-Rúz

I have been reflecting on the events of the last year, since March 21, 2012. It has been an absolute roller coaster. There have been challenges beyond my expectations, heartbreak, joy, travel, a beautiful summer, love, and a lot of laughter. I worked on one of the biggest events I’ve ever coordinated (the Centenary of […]

Officially Autumn

I am trying to accept that cold weather is coming. I am shopping for a winter coat, switching my wardrobe, and throwing myself into fall cooking (pumpkin pancakes, anyone?). I went apple-picking with some friends last weekend, which is more about the experience of wandering in an orchard than actually picking apples. I love the […]

new path

Starting this, I am walking down a new path we once dreamed of this freedom this chance to begin again. To step outside ourselves look down to where our feet touch the ground keep them moving and remember the stories. We whispered in our blanket forts and beneath the trees, ice cream Sundays (and Mondays […]

The flight home

In my last post I told the story of my adventures in mud on the way to my grandfather’s funeral in March. Well, my grandmother gave my sister and I some of Granddaddy’s tennis racquets. The one I was given had a wood frame around it to keep it from twisting from the force of […]

The Most Great Festival, Ridvan

Arise, and proclaim unto the entire creation the tidings that He Who is the All-Merciful hath directed His steps towards the Ridvan and entered it. Guide, then, the people unto the garden of delight which God hath made the Throne of His Paradise. We have chosen thee to be our most mighty Trumpet, whose blast […]

Naw-Ruz

This is the Baha’i new year (167 B.E.).  I am feeling…settled, at peace.  I seek out peaceful things, spaces, and sometimes people these days.  Other times, I want to be surrounded by crowds. The Naw-Ruz post for nineteen days is up: AMAZING photos.  I am sad that the project is over, but so glad I […]

An afternoon in Haifa

One day in February, a few friends decided to take a walk after lunch.   Two young men and three young women took the stairs down the mountain, with no particular goal in mind.  February in Haifa is warm during the day and cooler at night, and this day was an average one.  They wandered down […]

I still have blisters on my feet.

There was this man that we saw every day.  He was neither young nor old, tall or short.  Slightly balding, with a mustache, the kind of man that would blend into the background. He walked up the four steps to his elderly mother’s house, sometimes with bags of groceries, unfailingly polite and slightly shy.  The […]

Starting

There are so many stories. Too many words. There are literally dozens of emails that I have not replied to.   I want to, but am unable to write at the moment. I am having so much fun.  Grandparents, family, realizing that my little sister is WAY smarter than me, catching up with my Chicago […]

Eilat, or “A musical journey”

This past weekend was a long one, as it was the Ascension of Baha’u’llah, and we had 3 days in a row off of work. A lucky group of 13 (5 guys and 8 girls) took a road trip down to Eilat, which is the southernmost city in Israel and a resort town. We rode […]

month 18

The eyes of strangers touch, leap across crowded spaces, and safe smiles reach the lips, are traded, and fade.  The touching of eyes crosses space, marble floors, dirt paths, and place settings with coffee stains and the remnants of sugar packets. Eyelashes are beautiful things, wet with the tears that never fall from my eyes, […]

An observation

Music in department stores is the same, no matter where in the world you are. As I wandered the one department store at one of the malls in Haifa last night with a friend, I realized that the piped-in music floating through the store was the same brand of Americana middle-aged-woman-friendly chintz that haunts shoppers […]

A day with the ladies

A Saturday unplanned became a Saturday of relaxation and time with friends. I went next door for brunch, and six lovely ladies and I cooked and ate a large meal…eggs, bacon, pancakes, potatoes, coffee, tea…yum. Then I hopped on a sherut and went to Bahji for the rest of the day. This is what it […]

Try to summarize

I start writing, literally have paragraphs typed out and a subject line and something twists inside me and I stop. I keep trying to explain my life here, how much I love it, but I have the same words I did before, and a thesaurus does no good. A weekend: Friday is work-beach–Transformers. Start Saturday […]

Adventures in Tel Aviv

My flatmates and I took a little train ride to Tel Aviv for the 12th Day of Ridvan. We went with no destination, no map, no plans. It was wonderful. And here is my story (with pictures) of our adventures. Click on the links. We arrived in the afternoon. We found the mall right next […]

Happy Ayyam-i-Ha

Today is the last day of Ayyam-i-Ha, which is a time of joy and gift-giving before the Fast, and is about 4 or 5 days long. The Fast lasts for 19 days…no food or drink between sunrise & sunset. At the end of which we celebrate the Baha’i New Year (Naw Ruz). I had a […]

Mesozoic

The middle managers are all wearing blue shirts & khakis today, walking to their meeting in single file. The sales guys know my name, but to me they all look the same. Office dinosaurs wander around the jungle of cubicles colorful skin of polo shirts and sweater-vests walrus-mustaches and flannel voices modulated from 30 years […]

Organizing

What is it about office supply stores that make me so happy? Sure, they’re overpriced most of the time, but wow… everything is just so efficient. I found myself in a delirium of joy last night, wandering through the aisles in search of sharpies, filing folders, and various supplies. I don’t know why the idea […]

Closed!

Burnham Plaza Theatre 826 S. Wabash Street, Chicago, IL Status: Closed Screens: Multiplex (5 Screen) Architect: Robert C. Berlin The YMCA Hotel opened in 1915, located on Wabash Street in the South Loop, designed by architect Robert C. Berlin. Eleven years later, Berlin designed an addition to the hotel, in a similar style to his […]

Writing & Finals (not related!)

I know that I am a good writer. What frustrates me is that I don’t always have the time or the inclination to show it. I find it fascinating to proofread other people’s work. People messing up there, their, and they’re will inevitably make me growl under my breath, roll my eyes, and cringe. I […]

Javahiru’l-Asrar

“It behoveth him who is a wayfarer in the path of God and a wanderer in His way to detach himself from all who are in the heavens and on the earth. He must renounce all save God, that perchance the portals of mercy may be unlocked before his face and the breezes of providence […]