A Woman’s Room

Woman's room

A Wedding Room We went to a wedding in Kandahar: my travelling companion, Mary Littrell, and her co-author, Rangina Hamidi, and I. It was not a village wedding, because it’s not especially safe to go out into the Afghan countryside now. It was in a hotel that specializes in hosting weddings, and this was wedding […]

Savoring The World

Taped to my refrigerator is E.B. White’s confession, “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day.” I feel this way often. There’s so much that needs saving, and there is much to savor, especially on a sparkling […]

A New Generation

Chamula, Chiapas Next Generation

Much of the work of Thrums Books has been to document endangered traditions. Much of the focus has been on “last generations”—those elders whose children have gotten some education and fled to the cities. So it’s been a real pleasure these last few weeks to work with a young woman who lives and breathes her cultural […]

Just another post with A Gallery

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A Simple Blog Post

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A Global Village

The Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures in Fort Collins, Colorado, is my kind of place—a funky little enclave that showcases everything from folk art miniatures to musical instruments and handmade textiles from around the globe, all in celebration of world art and culture. What’s not to love? Last Friday, Global Village celebrated the […]

A Burqa from Etsy

Etsy burqa

I’m about to take a two-week trip to a part of the world where I’ve never been before. It requires a somewhat different wardrobe than the jeans and sweaters I take to mountain countries, or the shorts and tees I take to the jungle. For this trip, I will need: Baggy pants. Really baggy. And […]