Monthly Archives: October 2013

A day in the life of a stranger

It is Saturday. I awake to a voice just outside my window. “Cat. Cat. Miss. Store.” Somehow in my abruptly-woken state I recognize the voice of one of my students. It’s not yet 7am. “Come back later,” I manage to … Continue reading

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Acting Director of Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs in American Samoa claims women “neglecting themselves” is one cause of domestic abuse

A few years ago during the Miss American Samoa pageant, a 19-year old contestant was asked what she would say to the many victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence in this country. I think that’s a pretty soft-ball question. … Continue reading

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On turning 30.

When I turned 23, my father called me to say “Welcome to your mid-twenties.” All the excitement I was feeling about my fantastic birthday plans disappeared. Mid-twenties? What? The day before my 25th birthday, I admit I searched my face … Continue reading

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