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A Little Gish Back in a Big Pond

Writing a final blog can be intimidating. That’s perhaps the reason why it’s been exactly a month since coming home, and I still have yet to post anything. There is pressure to have something really wise to say and future plans to parade. Every time I think I’ll sit down […]

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You’re speCIAl

I’ve lived for three years in Indonesia with an inflated sense of coolness. When people hear that I work with police, they tend to make their own assumptions about what I “really” do. These assumptions usually work to my benefit. For example, the ojek (motorbike taxis) drivers next to my […]

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Call me Gishboger: Tales from the High Sea

Call me Gisboger. A hardened sailor, I am not. I’m pretty much afraid of everything that lies just below the water’s surface. Coral, jellyfish, sting rays, plastic bags, half-decayed bodies like in the book Hatchet, etc. Here in the land of 17,000 islands, I find myself constantly begging forgiveness for […]

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Dem Bones

For two and a half years, I’ve had Tana Toraja on my list of ‘must sees’ before leaving Indonesia. Every time I heard mention of this village in central Sulawesi, the descriptions always played out like a National Geographic special. The place is well known for its manic funeral ceremonies […]

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Blessed Life: Buddhist Edition

If you’ve ever asked yourself –  Just what is the nectar of the gods? – you’ve come to the right blog. The answer is…wait, what am I doing? If I just tell you, you might not read the rest of the blog. Well, smartypants, I’m not going to tell you […]

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Blessed Life: Hindu Edition

For twenty-nine years, I have been a run-of-the-mill, Midwestern protestant, and I will likely remain as some form or another of that for the rest of my life. For twenty-seven of those years, I really never had cause or opportunity to explore other religions. Here, where the government officially recognizes […]

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Trading Bungalows for Bikes

I believe in the adage too much of a good thing – chocolate, menu options, goals, boyfriends, etc. And I discovered that even sitting on the beautiful beaches of Bali can also fall into that category. Take a dip, read, snooze, gaze at the waves, snooze, read, take a dip, […]

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Here’s to you, 2012

Robyn Brown – of Allyn Street fame – used to ask me every birthday, “What was your best moment of the last year?” Since the world didn’t end, I thought I would speed things up this year and reflect on the question as the ball dropped (and ask everyone else […]

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Reflex-what-ogy?

Best part about being a quasi-athlete: the post-race pampering. This is especially true in Indonesia where pampering comes pretty cheap. There are more types of massages than you can shake a stick at, and they all run around $10 USD for 90 minutes. I know, I know, at these rates, […]

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3 before 30: Laguna Phuket Triathlon

A few years ago, I made two challenges for myself: 1). 26 miles before 26 years old 2). Triathlon (3) before 30 years old I checked off number one in Cleveland, May of 2009. Since I’m edging in on 30, I needed to make a plan fast to get number […]

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