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Seeing Red

It’s 12:15 on a Tuesday afternoon and I’m at work I’m sitting outside planning this week’s English lesson I’ve situated myself perfectly behind the clothes line so that a towel blocks the sun from my eyes I look up and … Continue reading

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The Common Cold and an Extraordinary Friend

There’s a drum circle playing on my temples My facial sinuses have been stuffed with 1,000 pebbles My temperature’s up I need to lie down Knock, knock, knock “You need to drink this The plantain will make you feel better, … Continue reading

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IELU Church-Wide Assembly

In November, I was fortunate enough to attend the IELU’s (Lutheran Church in Argentina and Uruguay) biannual Assembly in Buenos Aires. Here are some things that delightfully surprised me: 1.Size The Lutheran community is still small in Latin America, so … Continue reading

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Daily Life: Cultural Similarities and Differences

An exploration of daily life habits such as making coffee and drying laundry, illustrated with photos of some of the Uruguayans most important to me. Oscar, one of the teenagers I hang out with at La Obra, demonstrates how to … Continue reading

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Why am I here?

If you aren’t in for the win, you can skip to the last sentence to get the gist. If you want all the commentary, continue on as if you had Thoreau in your hands. The Mission of La Obra Ecuménica … Continue reading

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New Kid on the Block

I remember my first day of second grade. I was starting at a new school in a new city. I remember my mom giving me a hug in front of my new classroom. I remember how her hand lingered on … Continue reading

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The Beginning of Life in Uruguay

The days are long but the weeks short At work I’m a friend, a companion In the morning with teens Afternoon with the kids People whose lives have seen different problems than mine Some because of money, some drugs, some … Continue reading

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