In a Time of Distance

The unexpected always happens in the way
The unexpected has always occurred:
While we are doing something else,
While we are thinking of altogether
Different things — matters that events
Then show to be every bit as unimportant
As our human concer...

February 5, 2020

Acknowledging whose land we stand on, and how we came to be on this land, is an important part of creating space to do something about how we treat that land, the peoples who lived on it, and others who live on other lands. Sharing this acknowledgement at the beginning...

January 24, 2020

The first two sites we visited on our studies were to Maria Auxiliadora and RAHAB, two organizations which we would describe as “faith-based” in the States. When I realized these organizations had religious components, I was definitely disappointed. Coming from a faith...

January 24, 2020

“How’s school going?” is a question I’m getting a lot now, and I’m never sure how to answer it. Like the spiritual director I am, I always want to know what the asker is really asking. Are they just being polite, using the question as the school-version of “how’s it go...

January 11, 2020

One of our assignments this week was to watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk “The Danger of a Single Story”. Though I’ve watched it a couple of times before, I watched it again because it’s Just. That. Good. Adichie starts the talk by sharing experiences she’s had...

January 9, 2020

8 Enero, 2020

Yesterday we toured a Costa Rican prison and visited the Supreme Court of Costa Rica. There was a man with our group all day who, it turned out, was an abogado (lawyer) in San José, apparently donating his time to share his expertise with the group and tra...

January 8, 2020

7 Enero, 2020

I would like to know more about the expatriate population of Costa Rica, especially in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. When we were on our boat trip to Tortuguera, I was struck by the uncanny familiarity of the residences along the river. Little cobbled-together...

January 6, 2020

The issue of security is fascinating me as I travel around Costa Rica. The foundation for our visit, is "the alternative way” of Costa Rica, a country that disbanded their military 71 years ago and now rely only on negotiations, the courts and their police force for sa...

January 6, 2020

5 January, 2020: In a bus in Costa Rica, watching banana plantations flash by out the window.

I’m fascinated by how outside everyone lives here. I remember it from Ecuador, and Southern Spain, and France. The doors and windows are open all the time, and even when you’re...

January 3, 2020


My study abroad in Costa Rica has just started, and part of the requirement is that I keep a journal or a blog of some sort, to process and explore the issues we are learning about on our trip and will be studying afterward. I figured you might all enjoy a blog,...

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