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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 five religions: Islam, Christian, Catholic, […]

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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, watch sunset….rather, rinse, repeat. It […]

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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 as well because I wanted […]

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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, who needs to be an […]

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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 2. In May of last […]

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Super-Model

Last Saturday, I sat in on a teacher professional development workshop led by one of my fellow Fellows. During a Q&A session, one of the participants very eagerly shared her advice that teachers need to be “supermodels” in the classroom. Stopping just short of parting student desks to make a catwalk, I think she had […]

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Lists

Some of you may have been asking yourself, “Gee, I wonder what Jackie does when she’s trapped in traffic jams for hours on end?”  I’m so glad you asked.  Sometimes I try to keep from going insane by making chitchat with the taxi driver. Sometimes I have to resort to blasting music through my headphones […]

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Into the Wilds of Borneo

A while back, I read a novel set in a small hamlet in West Java around the 1960s. The hamlet was disconnected from any large city and sustained itself through rice fields and a strong belief in ancestral spirits to guide its future. The novel, The Dancer, was historical fiction, and it painted a pretty […]

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Bapak Ojek of the Jalan Tikus

Keeping with my goal to familiarize the folks back home with day-to-day living, I’ve posted some short video clips from an ojek (motorbike taxi) ride I took on Friday. Ojeks are great because they can go places where cars can’t. Riding them is alternatively terrifying and exhilarating.These guys got skillz. This ride was particularly entertaining […]

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The Secret’s in the Flow

Oftentimes, living in Jakarta can be infuriating. I mean, full-out open the flood gates, shaking of fists and nashing of teeth frustrating. The infrastructure is so horrendous that just the thought of leaving your house more than twice a day is exhausting. Every venture outside must be carefully planned out – the day, time of […]

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