Saturday, December 26, 2009

This is Savannah, in India

Our Rotary Group will be giving some unique gifts to our hosts, including the Savannah Postcards 5-pack and Mini-books of This is Savannah Vol. 1.

Georgia to Karnataka

Almost as soon as I set them, my goals for New Drawings began to evaporate. Enter: Rotary Group Study Exchange. After four months of preparation, from application/interviews to final departure, it's been an enlivening experience to be selected for the District 6920 GSE team this year to travel to INDIA for five weeks.

On Sunday, I fly with three teammates/friends and our group leader from Savannah, Georgia to Mangalore, India - via Dubai and New York City.

Developing a Presentation to show Rotarians and others in India about where we live and who we are was an element of our preparation. My curiosity about India led me, first, to maps. I had been gathering maps about various aspects of India, so I volunteered to begin designing the Presentation with a series of macro-scale demographic comparison maps. A few came to fruition in our final presentation and other comparisons followed.

So I'll be seeing and experiencing some amazing things in Karnataka, India. As we are able to find time and internet access in our full and exciting schedule, we'll be posting photos to our group web log HERE.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry CHRISTmas Greetings

This year's Christmas card was a flat card, with room for a note on the back, between the cedars.

Aerial Midwest Winter

I love to fly if I get a window seat and the view is good. I feel a little sheepish taking photos out of the plane window, but...I LOVE it. I fancy myself an aerial photographer for a few minutes, snapping when the composition is right, as the landscape moves below me.

It is fascinating to see the patterns of urban, suburban, and rural settlements from the sky and think about how they exemplify national patterns of growth.
*I know I'm not the only one who takes photos from the plane window*