1. Attending births is like growing roses. You have to marvel at the ones that just open up and bloom at the first kiss of the sun, but you wouldn’t dream of pulling open the petals of the tightly closed buds and forcing them to blossom to your time line.

    — Gloria Lemay. (via heartandsoulmidwifery)

  2. susannathinks:

    thedancingtoast:

    2-headed cultural juggernaut

    get it

    I have been catching up on all the tumblr postages froms yours times togethers and thiss omgs thiss ones. My cheeks hurt from smiling.

  3. Back in action #pittsburgh

    Back in action #pittsburgh

  4. Christmas picture fail

    Christmas picture fail

  5. HEY AMERICA!!!!!

    HEY AMERICA!!!!!

  6. My family. I can’t believe this semester is over!

    My family. I can’t believe this semester is over!

  7. homeyra:

    The situation for Women in Afghanistan is still very difficult, but it has improved a lot since 2001. And its happened because of Afghan Women. Its happened because of brave women who are doing brave things. 

    Afghan CyclesAfghan Cycles introduces the first women to ride bikes in the country, illustrating the gender and social barriers that the team is breaking, one pedal stroke at a time. Highlighting 4 of the 12 teammates, we look at their lives on and off the bike. From training on dangerous trucking highways to following them through a typical day in Kabul, the film shares the intimate story of these brave and passionate young women who feel free when they are on their bikes in an otherwise oppressive culture.

  8. pih2013:

    Great time on the Ganges with Ram, Ganesh, Prebhu and a terrific HRR team! Thank you!

  9. The gang at Parmarth 

    The gang at Parmarth 

  10. susannathinks:

    Before and after

  11. susannathinks:

    Rajaji Nat’l Park

  12. susannathinks:

    Rishikesh for the day.

  13. susannathinks:

    Evening puja on the Ganga in Rishikesh.

    Everything else is up on the flickr (or will be shortly).

  14. I’m Back! With only four days left in India…

    I had an amazing time white water rafting on the Ganga. I spent a day in Rishikesh, sat through a beautiful evening puja at Parmarth Niketan, bought a Gabriel Garcia Marquez book and a healing crystal necklace. Rishikesh is a really dynamic and unique city; when I come back to India I want to spend more time there. I didn’t have my camera on this last trip so I have no pictures, but I’ll share some that my classmates took in Rishikesh.

    I can see the last three and a half months in the length of my hair, in the callouss on my heels…but it doesn’t feel real that my time here is over. I think that the impact India has had on me won’t be evident until I’m back in America getting situated into University life. 

    My main priorities right now are finishing my final essays and figuring out how to stuff all of my souvenirs in my suitcase without exceeding the weight limit.