Saturday, December 26, 2009

two kids and a moose

Artyom: You still want to teach in Alaska?
Me: Yes.
Artyom: So you can teach two kids and a moose?
Me: Yep.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

mining for light

I'm still mining for light in dark wells
I'm still tuned to an instrument of greater and unknown designs
I'm still looking for direction, some kind of sign

[Great Lake Swimmers, "Still"]

Sunday, November 22, 2009


There are 17,000 Aleut people in the U.S. and 700 in Russia. The Aleut language is Unangam Tunuu. Only about 150 people in the world speak it anymore. The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association posts a "word of the week" on their Website along with audio and text.

My favorite word:



Let's drink tea.

If you listen to the audio, you can hear "chai" which is the Russian word for tea.

Listen here.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Thursday, November 05, 2009

i still fear god's plan

"Everyone has had the sense of my own belly laugh
That's the heaven here at hand that does not grow old."

[Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "You Can't Hurt Me Now"]

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

one by one

some things you do for money
some things you do for fun
but the things you do for love
are gonna come back to you one by one

love, love is gonna lead you by the hand
into a white and soundless place
now we see this
as in a mirror dimly
then we shall see each other face to face

- The Mountain Goats, "Love, Love, Love"

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Take pleasure as it comes. Take work as it comes.

"At the end of this job the next would begin. Therefore, be patient. Such pleasure as there is, is here, now. Take pleasure as it comes. Take work as it comes. The end may never come, or when it does it may be the wrong end." - Wendell Berry, from "A Native Hill"

Saturday, October 10, 2009

it's the little things

I found a video that I took on my camera while I was in Russia. I forgot I had taken it! I wanted to show my family what the sound was like entering into my apartment building and what "key" (silver round thing) I used to get in everyday. Here it is:

Friday, October 02, 2009

conversations with nanny

Right before I left for Russia, I said to my great-grandmother, "Nanny, what do you want me to bring you back from Russia?" And she said, "Wail, I don't really know wha'r I'm gonna be when you git back." I thought that she was talking about going to be with the Lord. In fact, one of my fears when I went to Russia was that Nanny would pass away while I was there and that I wouldn't be able to go to the funeral. I said to Nanny, "Well, I'll be back in May." And she said, "Oh! Well, I'll see you at my bairthday party then!" She turned 100 in May. She's so funny, and I love her.

I was talking to Nanny tonight about tatting and how I'd think it'd be cool to be able to tat. And she told me the story of her wedding dress. She said, "My mother said to me one day, 'Go git m'wedding dress, rip it up, and I'll make you yours.' And so, I got 'er dress, and she made it up, and I whare that weddin' dress, and Grace whare that weddin' dress." Grace was her sister, my great-aunt.

I love Nanny. She is so down-to-earth, practical, and easy-going. And I like it that she doesn't think you should keep your wedding dress in a closet the rest of your life. It's just a dress. And I think it's cool that my great-great grandmother was resourceful and wise in that aspect. I asked Nanny where her dress was now, and she said, "Well, I don't really know."

Friday, September 25, 2009

un-Irish music in Ireland

Of course, Charles would play the guitar in the Dublin airport! :) Good stuff.