The Solar Eclipse: Illuminating Cultural Differences

“After this, I’m heading south to see the solar eclipse,” a coworker told me yesterday afternoon. “NASA sent me viewing glasses weeks ago,” he added rather proudly. I imagine that those glasses are a glimpse of the galaxy, decorated with a smattering of stars and a conspicuous American flag next to the NASA logo tucked … More The Solar Eclipse: Illuminating Cultural Differences

“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