Be The Change

I have trouble describing the volunteer work I have done on this last trip. When I think about it, it’s a little like describing religion in Nepal. It’s so knit into everyday life, it’s hard to pick apart from everything else that I did…

Girls Work: From School to Government

The air is thick and hot and hazy. It’s ninety degrees. Mary Beth and IĀ are in a circle of makeshift chairs. We’re outdoors on a dusty patch of ground with a dozen community leaders from this groupĀ gathered around us. We drove for eight hours…

Back to Tapting

I have been picking through my 250 video clips from last year’s trip to Nepal. Since I can’t really decide the best use for them, I’ve arranged a large portion into a feature-length film. Today I output a section of the whole thing, so…

Trekking in Solu

As much as I tried, this is no longer a chronology. So here are some shots and stories from our first several days trekking. First we had to say goodbye to our cook, Dhanraj, who invited us to his home for coffee around his…

Himalayan Views

I know some of you have been waiting for the mountain views. Two days ago I said out loud, “I don’t think I’ve taken enough mountain photos.” Today I am pretty sure I have. Somewhere near 2700 photos and video clips now. Many more…

Sherpa Culture

You might have guessed by now, I am a bit smitten with Sherpas and their lifestyle. Here is a little bit about why. Sherpas are a clan or tribe of people, like the Masai of Africa or the Suquamish Natives of Washington State. They…

A Thousand Words

Larger version of the photo here   I have studied many of my photos over and over. This is one. It tells a million stories just in itself. For me anyway. I’ll try to encapsulate a few of them here.   Visually this appeals…

Trash Talk

This is a long one with a moral. Grab a cup of tea and get comfy. A story that didn’t make it into the book: Off the Everest Highway, away from the tourists and the more “primped” towns that are on display for all  (still…