Bearing Witness

CNN runs a two-part story on the traumas of rape in wartime. The first part highlights the work of Vitoria Sanford among Mayan women in Guatemala: It began as a headache. Then her throat started to feel tight. A dull pain welled in her chest and her joints ached. But Victoria Sanford continued to do […]

Death in a Family

I am living with a large extended family, an experience that has been both comforting (people are always everywhere) and lonely (what a social misfit I am living so far from my own strong kinship ties!). Seven siblings (now ages 50–35) inherited the house I live in when their parents died. When one of the […]