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18. Franciscans as Custodians of the Holy Land

Francis is more than simply a Jerusalem street name. The Franciscans with their brown robes blend into the white, yellow, or tawny colored Jerusalem stone. As the Franciscans of the Holy Land come from 45 different nations, they themselves exhibit the varied skin color of places all around the globe. The Franciscans are markers of … Continue reading 18. Franciscans as Custodians of the Holy Land

16. Excuse Me Sir, Do You Know Where I May Find Deodorant?

I awake early as usual. Rather than walking before breakfast, I wait and walk after breakfast. Since I am leaving Delhi’s Aerocity Holiday Inn for my flight to Tel Aviv later this afternoon, I decide that I might as well replace my empty roll-on deodorant. In this compact, highly developed area a mile or two … Continue reading 16. Excuse Me Sir, Do You Know Where I May Find Deodorant?

13. Motorcycles, Scooters, and Tibetan Buddhists

Over thirty years ago, I rode a Honda motorcycle. While I had no cross-country adventures, I frequently made roundtrips of 200 mile. Since I didn’t have much money, I found the bike cheap and fun, especially in the autumns and springs. Slightly behind or contemporaneous with James Dean, Peter Fonda, and Dennis Hopper, I probably … Continue reading 13. Motorcycles, Scooters, and Tibetan Buddhists

11. Tibetan Buddhists in Diaspora

Family histories are complicated as evidenced by my family history and Mary, my wife's, family history. Regarding my family history, Chuck and Donna, my brother and sister-in-law, and Charles, Susan, and Melinda, my cousins, helped me recall parts of our family history. On my father’s “Lindquist” side, my Swedish great- grandfather came to this country … Continue reading 11. Tibetan Buddhists in Diaspora

9. What if William Moorcroft Returned Today? Ladakh’s Landscape: Physical, Cultural, and Religious

Nobody today is a William Moorcroft. After establishing a “hospital for horses” in London, the first veterinary college, and acquiring four patents for making horseshoes, Moorcroft became a veterinary surgeon of the British East Indian Company. In India, Moorcroft traveled to Tibet and then, with George Tredback, traveled and lived in Ladakh for two years … Continue reading 9. What if William Moorcroft Returned Today? Ladakh’s Landscape: Physical, Cultural, and Religious