DeepFrying, Trekking, & Re-Learning Life

Tiny pink discs resembling poker chips blossomed into jumbo, puffy prawn crackers after I dropped them in hot oil. The taste? Somewhere between Funyuns and prawn. If you were a kid in the 1980's like me, you may have pressed Funyuns to your tongue to feel the bubbles pop. Same thing happens with prawn crackers. …

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Snakes in Bags & Baskets

“Snakes!” A small man covered in white powder, wearing a bright orange turban and robe, sauntered down the sidewalk in our community, a canvas sling bag full of snakes draped across his shoulder. There was a reason for yelling about the snakes. He was intimidating people in order to get a little money. It worked …

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A Monkey Stole my Latte

“Put the chips on the ground Eva. Now your Coke. Good. Let’s just slowly back away. Nice… It’s working. Wait! They want my latte, too…Ok we’re good. They’re gone.” Evil people weren't holding us up to take our snacks. Monkeys were. Only they weren’t evil. They were wild and had invaded the waiting area at …

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When gods are Silent

“Many of us have stopped going to the temple. The gods weren’t answering.” Not what my husband and Aakash expected to hear on this particular trek into the mountains. Nor did they expect to be in a new village. The norm for these trips was to visit pastors working in geographically isolated and spiritually unreached …

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