Be Back Soon!

I have not forgotten you, my dear readers. I have been working, almost exclusively, on my Fulbright proposal for the past few weeks. I am using the Nielson Library at Smith College more than I used to when I was a student there. It is amazing how quiet it is there in the summertime. I love that library! Every time I find a book I'm looking for in the stacks, I feel like I've just found another treasure.

I have been supported by some generous and kind people as I do preliminary research and write my proposal. I am especially grateful to Donald Andrew, my Fulbright coach, and to Professor Benz, my Smith advisor. If I am successful in receiving a Fulbright research grant, it will be because of their expert guidance.

I have found Professors in Germany who will advise my research, which I am also grateful for.

An update on David's knee: He is making progress with his range of motion every day by bending just as fa-a-ar as he can. He is walking with one crutch most of the time now, and sometimes without one. He is so conscientious about doing his physical therapy exercises and his spirits are up most of the time. He's only been grumpy about four times since this happened two months ago. I tell him he's entitled.

I promise that I will re-emerge sometime in the next week to write a longer posting. Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

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23 thoughts on “Be Back Soon!”

  1. Write on, my friend! I’m excited for you and pray you will be rewarded the Fulbright. And also for a quick and complete healing for David’s knee.

  2. You’ve been missed! But I wish you the best of luck with the Fulbright. My memory isn’t what it used to be: Is the Fulbright grant for the purpose of traveling/researching in Germany? As I said, Good luck to you!

    1. Elva, it is always good to hear from you. Yes, I the grant is for researching the education practices of the Anabaptist ancestors of the Amish in Germany. You can read more here:

      Thank you so much for your good wishes. That means so much.

      I cannot tell you how many times I’ve listened to the Gaelic Psalm singing videos that you introduced me to. They take me places. Thank you for that!

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  4. Good Luck, Saloma! That’s very exciting. I hope you win the grant.
    Also, glad to hear David is on the mend and doing physical therapy. It is very effective.


    1. Thank you, Stacy, for your good wishes. Yes, David is doing well under the circumstances. You’re right PT is very effective. He’s made so much progress.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. I like to check in here to see what you are up to, Saloma. Sounds like you are doing everything you can to increase your chances of a Fulbright. Good for you and I too am sending thoughts and prayers your way.

    So glad David is on the mend, as slow as the mend is. Only four grumpy episodes? He’s far above average. But you know that already! :-)

    1. Good to see you here, Shirley. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      Yes, I knew that David is a special person. I had no idea what kind of patient he would be though. He was so active before.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Oh my goodness, a Fulbright! All my best wishes and prayers are with you at this exciting time!! Also, I’m so pleased to hear that David is doing well. It sounds like he is a “tough cookie,” as my mom would say. Good for him.

    1. Emily, thank you for your good wishes for the Fulbright. And David is definitely a “tough cookie” and he is also a “good scout” as my mother used to say.

      Thanks for stopping by, Emily.

  7. Saloma, it is exciting to hear that you are working/getting closer to the Fulbright!!!!!! Hoping all goes well. Glad you wrote a short note, I thought maybe my computer “lost you”. Tell, David to keep up the good work on the leg. 6 months today since I had the foot surgery, it is tough, but have to keep working everyday at it. Will look forward to hearing from you when you can. Saying prayers for both of you. Pat

  8. Glad to read that you are doing well and David is recuperating . Best wishes on your grant , I hope you receive it and unravel the mystery of the how /when/why the amish decided against higher education.

  9. Saloma! How very exciting! I, too, have been missing in action. I took a bit of a break from computers this summer. Volunteering as the children’s arts and crafts leader at summer camp took up all my spare time. Prayers for you and best wishes on this journey and also for David as he continues to heal.

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