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One year home

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been back in the States for a year now. The one-year mark came and went and I probably wouldn’t even have thought of it had it not been for Facebook’s weird memories thing. (I … Continue reading

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Letting go | Being here

Lately I dream of Manu’a nearly every night. It’s almost always the same dream: Wes and I have just “stopped by” Faleasao for the day. We run into the new WorldTeach volunteers, who are busy unpacking and mostly disinterested in … Continue reading

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Coming “Home”

What I hope is the hardest part of our journey to the States (leaving Manu’a) is over. We still have a week left on the main island to tie-up loose ends, buy those impulsive souvenirs, and prepare for our repatriation. … Continue reading

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The Fa’amalosi Post

The Saturday after Valentine’s Day, I was feeling particularly down about a lot of the day-to-day frustrations of life here.  I was sweeping our yard in preparation of bingo and one thought led to another and then another until I … Continue reading

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