108 Days – A Number of Great Significance

With 108 days left until the Kumano Kodo, I will start writing. On my travels on the Camino de Santiago and Camino de Fatima, I wrote more after returning home. This time, I will write in preparation. I hope what I write helps people to plan future journeys on the Kumano Kodo and beyond.  108 …

The Land of Big Numbers

I just finished a great professional development with NCTA (National Consortium for Teaching about Asia) in which teachers from all over the US, who teach a number of different subjects and grades, got together (virtually) to read The Land of Big Numbers. It came at a time when I was extremely busy and it was …

Ascension

Absolutely mesmerized by the documentary Ascension which shows modern China through clips of industry, labor, factories, and more. Really looking forward to the discussion at SupChina tomorrow night.

A family photo

I had a great time talking with my nana this winter break about my heritage on her side. She shared this photo of my second great-grand uncle, Jose Ruiz, who rode as a general in the Division del Norte with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution. Ruiz deserted Villa and left the army, which created …

Mandala Art

Playing the violin, I learned that almost all of the scales you practice and tunes you learn are never performed for others. I still practice scales and plan to keep learning tunes.

Walk for Peace

Today, I joined a monthly peace walk in the Poplar neighborhood of Philadelphia. We started the walk at Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center and walked from Marshall to Girard and 7th to Poplar and back. The folks at the TBC walk for peace the second Saturday of each month, led by the Dharma in Action Committee. …