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  1. In the Mind and the Heart

    For the past three months, I have been languishing in the tropical heat of Indonesia and watching the seasons change in my native New England, some 10,000 miles away. When I left Boston at the end of September, the leaves were just starting to turn and the temperature had barely…

  2. Notes on SMAN 5

    Most students at SMAN 5 Kupang live inside of the city. A few in the 11th and 12th grades are originally from small villages further inland, but have already moved in with relatives within the city boundaries. As of last year, the government has mandated that no public school student…

  3. High Water

    It’s nine o’clock at night and I’m writing this from the desk by my bedroom window. Outside, “it is raining,” as E.B. White put it, “to beat the cars.” Except that in my case, it’s raining to beat my brand-new mountain bike, my host family’s forlorn motorcycle, and the corrugated-tin…

  4. Emptying the Mandi

    Bapak John. This afternoon, Bapak John was changing the mandi water. We had all been using it for about a week and what was left in the tub before he started to empty it out was about a foot deep and very hard, with dirt, dead mosquitoes, and other debris…

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