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2022 here we come, here we are

in daily life, writing

2021 is the first year since I started this website that I did not update it at all. I kept meaning to…and then I didn’t; in fact I nearly rushed through a post in the final gasps of the year just to have done it, but again, I didn’t.

In 2020 I had two pieces published—in the Sewanee Review and The Counter—that I was really proud of. In 2021, I kept myself afloat with my wordsmithery, but it was for other people, to pay my bills. I’m grateful that I was able to do that, and I know I am luckier than so many, but this year I’d like to find way to do both the necessary and the creative. I don’t even need to publish it. I do need to write it.

I wrote an article about football

in Kathmandu, Nepal, published, writing

Delighted to have an article published at Unusual Efforts – it’s aptly titled (not by me, but a great title!) What’s an Italy fan in football-mad Nepal to do during the World Cup?

In an unusual bit of serendipity, the editor’s choice to put it up today coincides with the 15th anniversary of my mother’s death. While she was not a football fan as such, she was half Italian and it was my childhood spent in Italy with her that cultivated my love of all things Italian, which as you can see, continues to this day.

 

Just off Freak Street (Jochhen Tole), a building well prepared for the World Cup

Celebrating Thamel

in Kathmandu, writing

Yesterday a hundred and fifty or so people gathered in the newly opened Fairfield Marriott for the launch of ECS’s May Issue – a special one all about Thamel. It turned out to be a wonderfully fluid and animated event. Speakers included Fire And Ice’s Anna Maria Forgione, Karna Shakya from Kathmandu Guest House, and Akur Narsingh Rana, born in Thamel and now 89 years of age. They shared their memories and thoughts on what Thamel means to them–a little bit of living history.

 

Learning something new every day…

in Ayurveda, ECS Nepal, published, writing

ECS Nepal 185 Cover

This month’s issue is all about local methods of traditional healing, Ayurveda, herbal remedies and related issues.

Do you know what Ayurveda is? Well, I didn’t either – till I read this: Ayurveda: A Beginner’s Overview

Still not sure I get it completely, but 🙂

And I loved the travel piece by Jeremy Vestal about his trip to Jumla: Go West! Adventure Awaits!

The articles I personally enjoyed working on most were Nepali Medicine Man – which was just amazing, to see something that to me was right out of the past so fully alive today – and Wonders out of Waste, about two awesome sisters who run a paper recycling business.

Article on 3D printed prosthetics in The Kathmandu Post

in 3D printed prosthetics, published, writing

As my first byline in The Kathmandu Post, I’m glad that it’s also on a topic that means a lot to me and I believe also has the potential to matter for Nepal. I love the intersection of cutting edge science and practical applications for those who need it most.

http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/printedition/news/2017-02-11/3d-printed-prosthetic-dreams.html

This was published in the print edition on Saturday, February 11th, 2017.

 

 

News

in ECS Nepal, Food, published, writing

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In early January I was offered the position of editor at ECS Nepal, the magazine I have contributed to for years as a freelance writer. It was a big surprise, but a good one. So far it’s been a crazy, hectic whirlwind of learning, hard work, and fun.

February’s magazine (above) is a special food issue, the first with my name on the masthead. It’s pretty funny it turned out that way, since food is the topic I’ve written about most for them over the years. The great group of people I work with did so much to make it happen on time in challenging circumstances and with a new editor taking over halfway through the process–I’m thrilled and honoured to be on the team.

Interview with Facundo Arana

in Everest, writing

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to interview Facundo Arana, an Argentinian singer and actor who summitted Everest this climbing season. It was a fascinating experience and he was a lovely person; if you’re interested you can read the interview here.

 

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