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Hope for Nepal

May 15, 2015

In a time where my sadness seems to grow deeper by the day, what gives me the greatest hope in Nepal are its savvy youth, coming of age, coming together. After I reached Kathmandu, after I saw every last client safely on a flight home, my attention turned to a broader field. I wanted to […]

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Aftershock

May 14, 2015

Aftershock comes in many forms. Kathmandu is a city turned inside out–thousands of people on the lawn of the convention center, tents on the golf course and in every open courtyard or square, recovered personal belongings piled in front of collapsed buildings, people squatting and cooking their daily meals in a field. Even for a […]

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Earthquake!

May 4, 2015

On April 25th, getting acclimatized to high altitude in Namche Bazaar consisted of a 4-hour hike, gaining 1000 feet, in fog with light rain and snow. The 25 of us with Mountain Madness–clients, Nepali staff, and myself–had just returned to our teahouse before lunch. In my room, I took off a goretex shell beaded with […]

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Patagonian Adventure

March 29, 2015

Wow. That’s what I said nearly every day in Patagonia…”Wow!” Patagonia is an epic landscape, ripe with adventure. What was once the desolate and inhospitable end-of-known-land, filling the hearts of early explorers with trepidation, is today a wonderland of glaciers, water, wildlife, and…fun! On the Chilean side is Torres de Paine–a land so full of […]

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Changing Lives Nepal – 2014 Accomplishments

November 23, 2014

Dear Donors and Friends, Namaste and hello….We are nearing the end of 2014 with tremendous progress on our programs: the new Children’s Home is nearly complete, almond trees are proliferating, and the nuns from Tsum have been trained on solar cookers! Through Changing Lives Nepal, we aim to use small funds for big impact. Generally […]

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Heading Homeward

October 10, 2014

  By horse, by jeep, by plane, and by feet…halfway around this wild and beautiful earth, deep into the Himalayas, and then back again. Just in time to celebrate Dasain in Nepal before catching a flight. Hello sweet San Francisco! Home.   Friends Parshu and Bhima bless their son during the Dasain holidays. Then it’s […]

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Mustang Desert Geography

October 10, 2014

Upper Mustang is mostly a high altitude desert–an expansive, endless sea of land at roughly 12,000 feet. Dendritic canyons fan out across miles. Plateaus with scrub brush end abruptly in fluted columns eroded by weather and time. Caves are everywhere–some ancient habitats, some treasuries of Buddhist art and scripture, some empty and never known. Wind […]

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Mustang Local Culture

October 6, 2014

The culture of Mustang revealed itself not only in monasteries and spiritual places, but also in women weaving, in men galloping horses across the plateau, in friendly faces peeking out doorways and windows, in children saying “Namaste!” on their way home from school. One of the best evenings on the trek was when we arranged […]

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Tantric Buddhism in Mustang

October 4, 2014

Early one morning in Lo Manthang, the walled fortress-like capital of Mustang, we visit the monastery to receive blessing from an old monk. He has spent more than 40 years in the monastery and is master of an ancient Tantric rite, one that derives directly from the 8th century beginnings of Himalayan Buddhism. He chants […]

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Into Mustang

October 2, 2014

Once part of western Tibet and later subsumed by Nepal, Mustang is an ancient kingdom on the cusp of change. Tantric Buddhism still thrives, yet the first coffee shops have sprung up. Most people are busy with the grain harvest, but many young people have left the area in search of better work. Fifteenth century […]

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