A tired return from Leipzig

Leipzig to Orono
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

German Time
3:50 am MPI EVA, wake,
4:00 am walk Semmelweis Strasse to Leipzig MDR station,
4:20 am take S3 local train to Leipzig Haupbanhof,
5:30 am take Deutsche Bahn ICE to Berlin,
6:06 am take TXL bus to Berlin Tegel Airport,
9:00 am take United flight to Newark Airport (8 hrs),
(arrive 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm Germany)

US Eastern Time
(flight canceled, rebook to Portland instead of Bangor, on standby)
4:30 pm take United flight to Portland,
6:30 pm take taxi to Concord bus terminal,
8:15 pm take Concord bus to Bangor,
10:45 pm take private car ride home to Orono.
11:20 pm sleep.

5 modes of transit
Travel time: 25.5 hours

A 50% eclipse in Maine

Our generous neighbors lent us a pair of eclipse watching glasses which had been given to them by another pair of generous neighbors. We live on a nice street.

At home we made some very nice pin hole cameras of different sizes and specifications. Here’s one. 

And here is an image that one of our cameras made. Not bad for 20 min of work! Apparently Maine will have a full eclipse in 2024! By then Liam will be 17, and Reid will be 14. Yikes!

Potsy Condle-Cots

Before we left for Costa Rica a year ago, Liam and Reid were both given new stuffed animals. Liam’s was a sloth (befitting our upcoming journey), and Reid’s choice was a baby leopard (also fitting, but also sometimes a baby cheeta). Reid names the leopard “Spots” for the obvious reason. Then his name evolved. Spots, Pots, Potsy, and finally it grew a last name: Condle-Cots. So now we have Potsy Condle-Cots:

Can Quakerism Adapt?

Just before leaving Monteverde and Monteverde Friends Meeting I wrote a short article on the challenges of sustaining the Quaker tradition for their inaugural newsletter, Semillas. I try to employ some of the science I know around the durability of institutions and the dynamics of human cooperation to explore the topic. It was an admittedly simple and shallow analysis, but I hope some find it useful.

It can be found here: http://monteverdequakers.org/reflections-on-sustaining-the-quaker-tradition/ in both English and Español.

The Jumping Party

When we lived in 17 Winterhaven we had mostly second hand furniture. Okay, that’s still true, but we didn’t have many chairs or couches. We did, however, have two single matresses which we liked to push together or pile on top of eachother so that we the kids (ages 2 and 5) could jump on them. So we’d say “let’s have a jumping party!” Katie and I love the idea of a “Jumping Party.” In fact, just today Liam and Reid joined our neighbor Lucas for his birthday party at a trampoline park near the Orono movie theatre. Much more jumping, and an actual party. However, “the jumping party” still lived on because that is what we call those two matresses, which still function as a type of couch on the loft, covered in the two red sheeds they usually wear.

Today the Jumping Party happens to have a flaming sword resting on it among the pillows.

Hooray for The Jumping Party!