26 NOVEMBER 2017 #39 A TALE OF TWO WEDDINGS

A TALE OF TWO WEDDINGS In the past month I was honored to be a guest at two weddings, one Muslim, one Hindu. The first was the marriage of Aitbubuu, my very fine student from Arabaev University in Kyrgyzstan (where I recently concluded my Peace Corps service). Her new husband is Ulan. Their wedding took place in Aitbubuu’s hometown, Naryn, a five hour drive south from Bishkek. I was invited to share the ride to Naryn with Aitbubuu and Ulan. To attend the second wedding a few weeks later, I took a short flight over the Himalya to attend the marriage celebration of Hirdesh and Aaron in the Indian town of Orchha. For more than 20 years, I have spent half … Read More

9 SEPTEMBER 2017 #36 TO KYRGYZSTAN AND INDIA AGAIN

In June I completed 4 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan (as Visiting Professor of English at Arabaev University in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek).  Then home to Washington State, to reside with my elder daughter in Tacoma until my new apartment in Seattle becomes available. Except for August, which I spent visiting friends on the U.S. East Coast, I thought I’d be in Washington for awhile, putting finishing touches on my next book, SPACE AGE CHRONICLES — but weddings of two dear and long-lasting friends have persuaded me to return to Kyrgyzstan and India for the next two months. I left on the eighth of September and will return to the USA on the fifth of November. The first wedding — that … Read More