Helen

Oct 272015
 

fall colors 2015The colors this fall are awesome where I live!

Here are some photos (you can also see them on flickr):

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Oct 272015
 

My husband has been working in Singapore about half the time since early 2013. I usually go with him on his 2-4 week visits there. We have a rented apartment so it’s easy for us to spend time there. We live in River Valley, a couple of blocks from the river which is lined with all kinds of restaurants where we often have dinner.

Although it’s more hot and humid than I’d like, I’m enjoying Singapore – it’s great fun to explore a new place and be in a different culture. It’s easy to be in Singapore because almost everyone speaks English (actually Singlish). Some of it is very modern and Westernized but my favorite parts are the more traditional Asian parts. Like the Chinese “wet markets”, daily covered markets selling meat, fish, fresh food and vegetables and various other goods. The fish section floors are frequently washed hence the name. Often their produce is better and cheaper than in the supermarkets.

Here are some of the photos I’ve taken in Singapore

Jan 152012
 

My friend Jim Henderson’s latest book, The Resignation of Eve, is being published in a few days.

It’s a book about women’s responses to how they’re treated in church. It mostly consists of interviews with or stories of women who have resigned themselves to their church situation (some of them are fine with it), or resigned from church, or re-signed up in a situation where they are treated better and valued more. You can read more or order the book here.

I appreciate Jim’s desire to help women by writing a book about women, in which most of the voices are women. And I appreciate his willingness to include women whose views about womens roles disagree with his own.

One chapter tells my story in detail of why I resigned from church, including the role my mental health problems played about a decade ago. It’s probably the most complete and coherent version of my story out there. After all it was professionally edited!

I received a copy of the book last week and was very interested to read the other womens’ interviews and stories. I like reading peoples’ stories: they are fascinated and complicated and I find myself responding to them in unexpected ways.

A website has been set up for The Resignation of Eve. If you read the book and want to post feedback, share your own story or interact with the women in who Jim talks with in the book (this part of the site is coming soon) you can do so there.

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Sep 212011
 

Ben's roomYesterday was Ben’s first day at Stanford.

I flew out with him to help him carry his luggage and pick up some essentials (like bedding) near campus. We left home for the airport at 4am, did the shopping and got to Ben’s dorm at around 12pm. I had to leave a couple of hours later because I wanted to get home by midnight. But I was very pleased I got to see some of the campus and Ben’s room and meet his roommate Austin and his mother for a couple of minutes. They’re very friendly. I’m sure Ben will have an awesome time at Stanford.

There’s a slideshow of a few photos from the day below, or you can see them on flickr.

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