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Monthly archives for May, 2013

The Power of Place

The Power of Place

I traveled to Smith last weekend, ostensibly for Commencement, but in truth to see some friends who would be there, also using Commencement as an excuse. Despite my tightening budget, it was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. Smith has always held a certain power for me; it was the place I […]

I’m getting better at drawing him.

I’m getting better at drawing him.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

Okay, so, in an effort to improve myself, I decided to practice drawing faces facing right. For whatever reason (probably related to my right-handedness), I always draw people facing to the left, and I’m way better at that. Maybe these ones don’t look that much worse than my left-facing doodles, but I feel much less […]

Writing Retro

Writing Retro

Do you guys remember this? Once upon a time, little packets of graphite used to be a necessary part of my back-to-school shopping. But as I went on to college and the proverbial real world, I found myself using pens much more, or using the eraser so much that it would give out before the […]

Elena Baikalova

Elena Baikalova

This is the third installment in the Great Siberian Adventure series. A co-Fulbrighter and I spent two weeks in the summer of 2012 teaching English at a kids’ camp in Kyzyl, Tuva. Our host and sponsor while we were in Kyzyl was Elena Dmitrievna Baikalova. Baikalova means “of Baikal” as in Lake Baikal, which is just the first […]