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Time Flies (Part I)

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 by

It’s been 3 months since my last blog which correlates with my landing in Nepal. During the trip, a lot was accomplished. And yet, there was also a lot of time to relax and soak up the beauty of doing nothing, just being. I think it must be one of the most beautiful pleasures in

Monday Meditation

Monday, 05 February 2018 by

“Meditation does not make you a better person” I read an interesting article this morning with that title.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/05/meditation-does-not-make-better-person-study-finds/ In the article it found that people are not necessarily more calm or compassionate after practicing meditation. So… why have Meditation Mondays? Why promote meditation? Well, everyone has to start somewhere!!! I have heard many people

Hump Day Inspiration

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 by

Ever thought you weren’t going to make it?  But then, you did. The more this happens in my life, the more I realize I must PERSIST!  A few years ago, I trekked Annapurna Circuit with some friends. The most rigorous day was that of Thorang La Pass. Early in the morning, before dawn, we began

Monday Meditation

Monday, 22 January 2018 by

The last Monday Meditation focused on death and what it means to “be” instead of “do.” This Monday is similar, but more focused on the doing rather than being. What I find interesting about death is that, for a while, we humans act like animals unaware of our finite status. Unaware of how much our

Monday Meditation

Monday, 08 January 2018 by

“The fact that human beings know that we will die is rather remarkable.  It means not only that we know we are alive, but also that we must wonder about what life means, what death means and whether any of it has any purpose or meaning.”  — John Shelby Spong       I am

Hump Day Inspiration

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 by

  Hump days in Nepal are more like Mountain Days. To get through the week, we hope to offer a little inspiration. This photo of Mt. Gangapurna was taken by Sunil Adhikari, good friend and local guide from Nepal. Here are his words to describe the experience : “They were huge —  gigantic mountains. I

Why visit Nepal?

Sunday, 19 November 2017 by

The landlocked nation of Nepal has captivated foreigners for centuries, from the British reverence for the Gurkha fighting force to the modern day traveler looking to explore the mighty Himalaya, Nepal is toward the top of many a bucket list. Though it is becoming more and more common as travel destination, particularly among backpackers, the

The Foundation

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 by

Backpacking 4 Betty is more than a program – for me, it’s a way of life. Why do we do what we do? I have spent many years asking this question. That quest took me through Seminary and all the way to Asia which claimed the majority of my last 3 years.  Often we never

This weekend July 8-12th, we are raising funds for the Project and spreading our story at the Wildgoose Festival in Hot Spring, NC.  In the booth we are selling  jewelry and over 100 pieces of pottery. Thanks to ECU Ceramics Guild, local professionals from Eastern North Carolina threw bowls and made mugs.  ECU graciously donated clay, studio

Who is Betty?

Sunday, 25 January 2015 by

Elizabeth “Betty” Blough Martin was many things to many people.  To me, Betty was my grandmother and a dear friend who continues to inspire me.  I have beautiful memories from our Wednesday lunches where we discussed life and shared stories. While we often spoke before my senior year of college, it wasn’t until we repeatedly broke bread that we

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