after a whirlwind trip back east where i encountered an international community of politics, religion, and ngo work, i am back in sleepy orange county. things are so laaaaid back here. i suppose you need both to have some semblance of balance. orange county is relaxing but so disconnected from the pace of things in the rest of the world. how do i keep doing the things that i love and that are on my heart here? we'll find out together. i'll be here for another year at least.