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This is to consider another aspect of these carvings, the faces in the rainforest. In both the butterfly carving by Gabriel Leira (above) and the one by Markos Boruca (below), you can see a brown face with yellow, green, blue, white, and other colored lines highlighting the features. Our indigenous guide told us that these faces represent the Boruca people who are also part of the forest.
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John and I are looking forward to our 20th wedding anniversary this weekend. Thinking back on some of our adventures and looking forward to many more. It is fun to be married to your best friend!
2020 virtual family dinner 2020 Mother’s Day 2018 family vacation 2018 Paul SJSU graduation 2018 St Andrew’s 2017 Reno 2016 Ashland 2016 Ashland 2016 Dunsmuir 2016 Klamath River 2015 Amtrak trip 2015 St Andrew’s 2014 Lalibela Ethiopia 2012 St Andrew’s 2012 Natural Bridges 2012 Jessica CMU graduation 2011 Jessica + Matthew 2011 Jessica + Matthew 2010 Lair of the Golden Bear camp Lair of the Golden Bear camp 2010 2010 Teatro Zinzanni 2010 Teatro Zinzanni 2010 Teatro Zinzanni 2010 Egypt 2010 Cairo, Egypt 2008 Flying to Baja Mexico 2008 Baja 2007 India 2007 India 2007 WP668 Caboose move 2007 WP668 move 2006 Dead Sea, Israel 2006 Dead Sea, Israel 2006 St. Peterburg, Russia 2006 Russia 2005 Beijing, China 2005 China 2000 2000 wedding 2000 wedding
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I just redesigned the WP668 caboose website. I am still reviewing and posting old photos but the basic structure is done. It is restful during the coronavirus lockdown to make progress on a project I have been wanting to work on forever. After reviewing hundreds in our online family archive, I keep discovering wonderful photos I had forgotten. I have finished 2006 and am about half done with 2007 now. More about WP668 :
WP668 is a historic Western Pacific Railroad caboose being restored by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher, a private family in San Jose, California, USA. More information and pictures are added as WP668’s story evolves.
May this blessed Christmas season bring you and your family joy! It has been a busy Christmas, starting even before I turned in my last (16 and 18 page) term papers at the Graduate Theological Union. So far, our adventures have included:
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On Saturday, John, Matthew, Jessica and I joined TechWomen IdaRose Sylvester (with her husband Neil Hendin) and Samera Edwards at the Families Without Borders annual fundraising Gala. We enjoyed good company, good food, and good music. Jessica even learned some drumming.
Here are Hamid and Terri Khonsari with four TechWomen Fellows from Sierra Leone at the Families Without Borders Gala in 2015:
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Catching up on my postings… Easter was on Sunday 16 April in 2017 and as usual we had friends, family, and neighbors over for a potluck brunch and Easter Egg Hunt in our back garden and on WP668. The Associate Easter Bunny wrote a very difficult set of riddles for the adults to find the Gold and Silver Eggs – one of the clues was on Twitter! Jessica, Matthew, Paul, and John all helped – as did our house guest Thoko Miya from South Africa. John cooked Maqluba (chicken and rice “upside down” from Jordan) which was much appreciated!
I am a beautiful-bold building block,
a 1-to-2 ton ballerina queen.
My reach spreads from Iskanderia to
where Toko lives (though there are fewer of
my ances-sisters bellowing than lived
there free when Ibn Batuta roved from
the Cape to Cairo and Mongol Guangzhou,
from shadowed Fez to wet-and-wild Mosul.)
I’m sunning myself in the shade of yolks
that hold their albumen inside their skins,
that parents feed their dogs for YouTube lulz,
and babies cry-smile when first they taste them.
So far I’ve led you on a lumbering chase
Msr, AsSeen, Arak — where is my place?
(the Silver Egg was hidden in the dirt, under a concrete hippo, under a lemon tree)
Six unkind clues will guide
you briskly to my haunt,
in shadow where I hide.
Get hopping – it’s a jaunt!
You’ll climb among downed-trees
and wander through spike-leaves…
Hop quickly so Ethan won’t flaunt!
(the Gold Egg was on top of the light bulb, inside the glass cover of the overhead light fixture, on the porch)
Gold Egg – Clue 1
I’m surrounded by pot apparatus
But it’s not a medicinal grow.
You’ll not have to climb up to the attics
or wander wader-deep in the snow.
You’ll just have to walk
to a gate that unlocks
and find out where Paul’s clay does go.
Gold Egg – Clue 2
The next clue is online
you’ll practically titter
when you see the next poem
is posted on Twitter.
Gold Egg – Clue 3 – from Twitter
Upon a bright flower
You’ll find my small bower.
Not on a rosethorn,
or leaf-ling of corn
– under cactus and dragon I glower.
Gold Egg – Clue 4
Under Princess’s butt I was warming
My contents I hope you’ll find charming
But because she’s a cat
And upon me she sat
My message by now will be warming.
Gold Egg – Clue 5
You’ve lined up and squarely stood still
You’ve caught-on and gotten your fill
and now hear’s the treat:
an Easter-hunt feat
You’ll find me outside grey-bird’s sill.
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