Tag Archives: Kalimantan

The Color Pink

For most of my life, I’ve disdained the color pink.  It brought to mind the stereotypes of women, the arbitrary allocation of traits, desires and capabilities based solely on biological sex.  It reeked of superficiality and concerns with the froth … Continue reading

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On Water and Tranquility

As I sat cross-legged on my cushion, preparing for my yoga session, a gentle voice urged me to “Think of a peaceful time when you were filled with tranquility.  Focus your awareness on that experience and keep it in your … Continue reading

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An Ode to Bathing

I stood in the shower, the warm water cascading over my body.  Random thoughts came to mind:  My mother, telling me, as a pre-teen, that one of the tests of ‘lying’ on psychological tests was ‘Do you like to bathe?”.  … Continue reading

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Integrating science, social science, and the humanities

In Cornell’s IGERT program on Food Systems and Poverty Reduction, we’ve been trying to bring budding scientists of various hues together with (a few) social scientists [IGERT stands for Integrative Graduate Education, Research and Training and such programs are funded … Continue reading

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Reveling in my Access to Books

I lived for many years in places where books were not readily available—in Turkey as a child, for decades during my adult years in Indonesia, in the Sultanate of Oman for four mid-life years.  Now (in my dotage), I live … Continue reading

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