Graduate Students Tour India Temples

Ryan and Joshua were religious studies graduate students who had received a joint study grant to visit India. They both had a focus on the history of Hindu gods and their articulation into society and the corresponding effects on cultural evolution. They had also become close friends while studying in the two year program that would lead them to their Master’s Degrees. Ryan knew he wanted to continue on with Hindu Studies and would ultimately pursue a PhD and go on to teach in a university. Joshua was a little more allusive in his long-term goals and had various interests. He knew writing would be a part of his future, and also had an interest in library work and even museums. While they had developed a close friendship, Ryan did not understand how Joshua could be so nonchalant about his … Read the rest

Making Our House a Home

Last year, after just two years of marriage, my husband and I decided to buy our first house.  Little did we realize that if we had just waited another year, we could have saved ourselves several thousand dollars – oh well.  We love our house and, being a woman, I have so enjoyed planning and decorating each and every room; from the bedroom to bathroom and the library to our future children’s rooms. Because our house is about 20 years, one of the first things we realized we needed to replace were the windows.  The original windows were the old single-pane glass, and as a result we could hear every car that drove past our house.  So we saved up some money and had nice dual-pane, energy saver windows installed.  I have to say, they have been worth every … Read the rest