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  1. Wise words, especially about the community living. Sometimes when people annoy me (and I’m aware enough to think about it), I wonder why they do. Mostly they show me some side of myself I’m working on or not at peace with. And the annoyance is just self-directed through the mirror of someone else. Sometimes that makes it easier to let the annoyance die down and be at ease with those people. Sometimes it doesn’t or maybe I don’t want to let go. But I think just being aware of that makes it easier already to live with other people. I think having your own space helps also. I miss having more people around and I hope to get some roommates, at least for the summer! 🙂

  2. You are certainly having a wonderful trip and finding how lucky we are in the West but unfortunately we take an awful lot for granted and do not realise the simplest pleasures are not available to a lot of very good and hard working people. Stay safe

  3. “. I choose to focus on the richness and complexity of each human, to enjoy their good qualities.” Hold on to that Radha and you will be the happiest girl in the world!
    Another great post! Love it!

  4. These are such beautiful lessons that you will cherish for the rest of your life . . . and what you’ll have to offer will be heart warming . . . literally!

  5. Great post. I’ve been thinking about how ridiculously fortunate I am to be supported by Addison during my pregnancy, not having to get up every morning and go work somewhere, feeling nauseous and exhausted. And it makes me marvel at other women who most certainly work through their pregnancies as well as once their baby is born. Just something I never stopped to think about!

    And any man who’s going to leave his pregnant lady behind deserves to burn in the fiery depths of hell… except I don’t believe in hell, and I’m sure he would have to be suffering immensely to choose to do that anyways so… never mind. 😀

    It’s cool seeing more photos. I want community too! So I”m starting a miniature one with my garden… hee hee. And hosting cyclists! We have a green-haired gal from London staying with us right now.

  6. I want to open my comment with this quote” “The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier
    It is in travelling that we become richer from our experiences as we are exposed to the different dimensions of life. I think we should see things in a wider horizon not only based solely from our own perspectives otherwise we will just be frustrated. What makes that travel meaningful maybe the ability to have selfreflection. It is in travelling that we gain much knowledge but the most important thing is to learn more about ourselves and to find out what is it we really want in life.

    The last thing we can do to Minda as the focus person here is to to be sorry for her situation and to pity her. She may have a very meager income( 6.000pesos/monthly to be correct) based on American standard, but she is a happy and a proud mother. Let us as look at this in Filipino perspective. With this income she has, she is practically sending two of her children to college and one in high school. One is graduating this year, you can feel the happiness but just looking at her eyes when she tells you about this. So what use is it if you can buy everything and still be unhappy? She might not be able to afford to buy a milo drink but she has access to native coffee and sometimes native honey. This is a fact.

    You have written about her private life here for public reading, something she has confide in you out of trust. She wanted to start fresh and the farm has helped build her selfconfidence by letting her dark past, give her the strength to go further. Now she stands by her own and a proud single mother providing economic support to her family.

    • Thank you for this refreshing perspective. ” A proud single mother providing economic support to her family”.