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Water, water everywhere

March 1, 2014

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Here in Australia, the government and newspapers are just waking up to another drought. Farmers have been watching the edges of their soil crack and wrinkle for months, wringing their hands in the wait for some decent rain. But now the headlines have assured the rest of us it’s real, and so the politicians are […]

Creative Vignettes

November 16, 2012

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I recently completed a short creative writing course taught by Mark Tredinnick. Over a month and a half, we were encouraged to write to a creative prompt each week. It was lots of fun to get my creative nonfiction juices flowing, so I thought I’d share some of my pieces here: The Small Pleasures in […]

Hunting for honey and tigers in the Sundarbans

April 21, 2012

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Fun fact about Bangladesh #1: Statistically, there is one human death every three days that is attributed to an attack by the infamous Royal Bengal Tiger. All of these incidents take place in the southwestern corner of Bangladesh, a steamy, mangrove jungle known to the locals as the Sundarbans. Apparently the Bengal tiger has a […]

Learning Bangla: Ami Bangla Sikkhi

February 29, 2012

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Bangladesh means Land of the Bangla Speakers, and in this country, speaking Bangla is as much a way of expressing your national identity as it is a way of expressing yourself. Last Tuesday, February 21, marked a particularly important day for the Bengali identity and language – International Mother Language Day. Although it is an […]

Yangshuo 阳朔 (Guanxi province)

June 13, 2011

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I’m currently staying in the little village of Moon Hill, just outside Yangshuo. Yangshuo is about one hour north of Guilin, the province of Guangxi’s capital. The quaint village of Moon Hill sits about 10 minutes out of Yangshuo. Named for the famous crescent shape etched into the mountain behind the village, it is a […]