The Dolldrums

As volcanoes erupt across Indonesia, my friends and I ventured to the nearest one, Gunung Sinabung, to see the ashy landscape first-hand and bring some snacks to the many displaced people.

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Rockin’ the Red Carpet


My students and I went to the American Film Showcase, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, and we couldn’t pass up the Hollywood foto-foto opportunity. These starlets-in-the-making watched Inocente, a short documentary about a 15-year-old homeless artist in San Diego. The realities of homelessness and classism in the U.S. were a surprise to several of them. Later we watched First Position, a documentary about the elite Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition, which obviously made me nostalgic and prompted my students to ask me throughout the entire film, “You used to do THAT?”

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At Pura Luhur Uluwatu in Bali

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