Balinese offerings

In the 16th century Islam became the prevailing religion on the island of Java (the geographic and economic center of Indonesia); today, Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world. With the continuing influx of Islam, the nation’s Hindus fell under increasing persecution and many fled to the island of Bali. Today, Bali has managed…

Tree Hugging

I have a tree in my backyard that I call Claire. Don’t judge me. I love going out and wrapping my arms around her or just standing with my hands pressed firmly to her trunk.  When I close my eyes, with my hands pressed against her, I see what I can only describe as a…