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October 21, 2004

On the Verge

The days have turned to Autumn, as if it was ever Summer. The skies have a crispness that is the mark of chilled air. The leaves on the trees are turning vivid shades of red and scatter to the ground. It's blustery.

I've been inside desperate to meet a deadline. Soon a new site will be launched. You will be pleased.

Posted by talia at 11:10 AM

October 17, 2004


Listening to a show on apologies on This American Life today I wonder, if the only acknowledgement of an apology is a brief reference to how hard it must have been do, is it safe to assume you aren't forgiven? Or worse, you aren't believed?

How do you prove that it's more than just words that filled the pages? If after several months I begin to hope for something in return, does it mean my apology is actually thin?

Posted by talia at 4:27 PM

October 14, 2004

Little Wonders


Today I met the newest addition to my group of friends: Yone Sosa Corduwener. He slept through our first meeting rousing only briefly to make sweet faces and even sweeter little sounds. He is beautiful, and only three days old. Imagine: Being so new.

I look forward to playing a part in your life, Yone. I am very glad you are finally here.

Welcome to the world!

Posted by talia at 11:20 AM

October 8, 2004

Release Me


Alec and I are searching for a dog. We agree that while on Virgin Gorda we met quite possibly the world's greatest pair: Humpie and Blanca. (We aren't really sure that her name was actually Blanca). Never barking, not even once, these dogs lit up any room they showed up in. One evening Humpie followed us home. Later that night he mysteriously appeared on our deck. How did he do it?

We decided to take a nap on the balcony and he cuddled up with us. Not too furry, and despite his small stature, you could still pet him in long strokes. That's when we decided the Humpie was the not only the type of dog for us, but the dog for us. A small dog with big dog personality. One with a sweet face, an easy spirit, and a joy to every person he came in contact with. Alec wanted to take him home with us on the plane. I agreed, but later recalled what it said on his tag:

"I Wander"
Love Me
Feed Me
Release Me!

Clearly Humpie's trainer knew not only a lot about dogs but also about people.

Posted by talia at 11:22 AM


I am charmed that I don't even have to ask, taking down and putting the suitcases back up just became your chore. This is no small task, I travel a lot. Thanks.

Posted by talia at 11:21 AM

October 6, 2004

Virgin Gorda


We arrived from Northern California, Italy, New York, Boston, New Orleans and, of course, Amsterdam. Our journeys were arduous involving overnight flights, puddle jumper planes, ferries, trains, and walking. Bags were searched, passports (those which were not left behind) were stamped, luggage was lost and in some cases even stolen. All arrived exhausted and ready for reward.

Boy, we were rewarded!

We were greeted by the sun setting into the Caribbean Sea. Clearer waters I have never seen before. We were received in to the warm outstretched arms of Viola and Grant.

Every day we donned our snorkels, masks and fins expanding our horizons to include the wondrous underwater world. Every afternoon we greeted more friends in the water as the sun was setting. Every evening we ate and drank and celebrated joyously and at times raucously in anticipation of the Big Event.

I overcame fears and dived deep in the waters to get a closer look and the corals below. I built confidence and trust in myself by taking two beginner SCUBA divers into the depths with me. I struggled against currents and lost without regret. I did not belly flop. My cannonballs created big splashes.

The Big Event had me feeling jittery and excited all morning. As we gathered on the beach in the afternoon, family and friends decked out to the nines, I was downright nervous and giddy. We started to chant and when we saw Grant and Viola walking toward us we gathered closer, no one wanted to miss even a single breath.

Lead by the amazing Larry, Viola and Grant shared their intentions with each other and us fortunate witnesses. They spoke of trust, learning, togetherness, sharing, love and devotion to one another and to their community. How lucky I feel to have taken part in this ceremony with them. How lucky I feel to have felt their warmth, to have been inspired by them, to be loved by them.

Thank you so very much Viola and Grant. You make the unbelievable feel so natural.

Posted by talia at 11:23 AM