Month: July 2017

Leadership, Evolved

It’s common here for Moldovan teachers to hold themselves high above their students. A thoughtful Moldovan spoke to me, once, about how education practices in his country are like the bureaucratic tactics of Soviet times: ruled by distance, leaders are told to keep things calm, make their people […]

Questioning

My head is splitting, and it’s not an ache. I’d love to reduce it to anxiety. The questioning: we’re talking paths, perspectives, without the Universal GPS. What I’ve begun to understand is that when I question something, I’m questioning a belief: sometimes the ethics, sometimes the usefulness of […]

Wine Tour: Cricova

The ride in is unusual for Moldova – let’s call the village a suburban off-shoot of Chisinau. The roads are wide, the buildings well-plastered, and the trees a lush sexy. Even before the short promenade, you’re welcomed ostentatiously: a large “Cricova” arch suspends over the graveled turn-off. The […]

Juggling Perspectives

I’m making a list and checking it twice for those times when I (feel like I) ’m up shit creek. (If you want to skip strait to the list, go ahead, scroll down quick). The most difficult aspect of service, at the moment, is juggling perspectives. “They” tell […]