Taj Mahal

On the last day of our trip, we made it to the Taj Mahal. It was breathtaking, and we arrived at 6 a.m. in order to see the gorgeous stone of the building be lighted by the rising sun. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to see the building, as it changes colors and... Continue Reading →

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

I don’t usually like or use foul language, but I must share with you the fact that Breeanne described our travels yesterday as a “shitshow,” a term now used to also describe the Republican National Convention because of norovirus. But I digress. We woke up at 4:30 yesterday morning to leave Pune, India, where we... Continue Reading →

Bookstore in Pune

We have met some amazing people in Pune, India, for our research. We also get stopped frequently on the street by young women who want to take their picture with us. We are nearly always the only white people on the streets, and we get a lot of stares. We also get a lot of... Continue Reading →

Gandhi

We arrived in Pune, India, late last night from Chennai. Today's adventure consisted of a three-hour nap, followed by a buffet lunch. Once we gathered ourselves and overcame some of the travel tiredness, we headed out to see the Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892. It is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi,... Continue Reading →

Chennai, India

Breeanne and I are now in Chennai, India. We have met such wonderful people. They are warm and caring. While we have met with many women for our research and gotten to know their professional habits and aspirations well, we have also seen many people on the streets who are curious and helpful. The traffic... Continue Reading →

Layover in Abu Dhabi

My colleague Breeanne and I just landed in Chennai, India. On the way, we had a 15-hour layover in Abu Dhabi, so we left the airport, found a hotel, and then trekked to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque before heading back to the airport. It is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen,... Continue Reading →

Literary Jerks

Did you know that many of the "great" male authors were also jerks? I learned this while reading a poignant piece on motherhood and art called "Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid" by Rufi Thorpe. It explores the price of both being an artist and being a mother and how women may or may not be able... Continue Reading →

In the Bag

We recently visited Capitol Reef National Park as a family to hike and camp. My sister Haley and her husband David are expert campers and hikers and took us there. The park is gorgeous, and we did a five-mile water hike that was a blast.         We arrived on a Friday evening... Continue Reading →

Bumpersticker

I saw this in Salt Lake City last week. It is my new favorite bumpersticker. And I have a feeling that the driver and I would be great friends. If you haven't read John Steinbeck, you should. Check out my past posts on Pastures in Heaven, East of Eden, and The Grapes of Wrath. I have... Continue Reading →

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