Stop Work Travel | 2016 March

March, 2016

 

I was on the ferry to Manly Beach on a gorgeous sunny day, absorbed in the sights of Sydney Harbor. A man had been looking in my direction, and seemed intent on speaking. His question startled me. Am I a “stranger” here? To me it was a deep question! I consider myself a traveler, a world citizen, a connection, a mentor or a friend in waiting…I rarely “feel” like a …

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Continuing from Prime Ministers: Part 1 Power in China: A Premier You Forgot, and the One Who Didn’t Need to Be In the 1970s China began student exchange programs with countries that had recognized it diplomatically. Canada had recognized the P.R.C in 1970, and I was fortunate to become a foreign exchange student at Beijing University soon after graduating in Asian Studies from U.B.C. We students had no inkling of …

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I had taken a short afternoon nap to beat the heat in Varkala. For some reason the electricity was still out in this South Indian beach town. As I walked down the path from the guesthouse to the cliff to have lunch, I was startled by a helicopter suddenly flying right over my head. The guesthouse laundry was drying on the clothesline in the yard – the sheets and towels …

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Continued from Honoring the Ancestors in Vilnius Part 1. The next day I was fortunate to accompany the family again – this time to attend to the grave of Inija’s late husband, Krivis Jonas Trinkunas, with whom she shared a life of archiving and reviving pagan traditions, as well as singing ancient folk songs. After the Soviet government banned him in 1973 from his university teaching post, he spent two …

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Walk with your gods and goddesses, and revere your ancestors in all that you do, and become one with them. From the forests of antiquity to the realms of your mind’s embellishments, be mindful of your fore-bearers, and hold them dear to your heart. (Romuva religious community) Today is the 16th of February – why did I suddenly feel it was time to write this story? I didn’t consciously know …

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