Pasta, Pesto, and Peanut Sauce: An Intercultural Potluck

Several weeks ago I went to Universitas Airlangga’s American Corner (AmCor) for the first time. I arrived “fashionably late” (traffic took two hours instead of the expected one) but I still made it! Before I had the chance to introduce myself to everyone, Mas Agung, AmCor’s coordinator, informed me that they were planning on having … More Pasta, Pesto, and Peanut Sauce: An Intercultural Potluck

Goals for 2016-2017

This post is dedicated to my Uncle Dave “from Florida” Fitzgerald, who has shared many pieces of wisdom over the years. One of my favorite “Uncle Dave-isms” is that there is magic to writing your goals down. From personal experience, I have found this to be true. I have also found that sharing goals creates … More Goals for 2016-2017

Love Letter

I love a man in uniform. Tight shirt, pressed pants, polished shoes. I love a man in uniform. But my man doesn’t wear those things. He wears a green jacket, dark jeans, and flip-flops. Or sometimes he doesn’t wear a uniform at all. He could be anyone, but I know it is HIM when our … More Love Letter

Indonesian Independence Day: Seventy-oneth Anniversary

The seventeenth of August is a big deal in Indonesia. For weeks prior to this date, people are busy decorating their homes with red and white, repainting gates and street signs, and practicing dances to perform on this special day. August seventeenth is Hari Kemerdekaan Indonesia, or Indonesian Independence Day. It celebrates the anniversary of … More Indonesian Independence Day: Seventy-oneth Anniversary

“How did you freaking get here?”: A surprise homecoming in Pangkal Pinang

  “Assalamualaikum!” Peace be upon you! I call out the traditional Muslim greeting from outside the front gate of a neighbor’s house. “Walaikumsalam!” And peace be upon you! A man’s voice responds from inside. His head pokes into the ruang tamu–the front receiving room for guests–and he smiles in surprise. “Oi! Ada Miss Kelly!” Even … More “How did you freaking get here?”: A surprise homecoming in Pangkal Pinang