Tea for two at the top of the world: Chai

by Beth Shepherd
( February 8th, 2012 )

Mt Everest, Tibet, ChinaThere is something about standing at the top of the world that takes your breath away. Maybe it’s the elevation. At 17,000 feet and some change, there’s not a lot of oxygen in the air, particularly …

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Lunch with a lama

by Beth Shepherd
( January 27th, 2010 )

Inky blackness greets my eyes as I step outside our hotel’s front door. My skin prickles from the intense sharpness of the cold air. As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I can see millions of stars filling the darkness, like a Pointillist painting. The Milky Way spills out in …

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A monk and a fish

by Beth Shepherd
( January 20th, 2010 )

Thwap goes my hand, as I smack it down hard on the table, leaving one mortally wounded fruit fly. A remaining undamaged silvery wing twitches a bit before I flick my fingers and send the fly sailing over the table’s edge to its demise.

Big Papa shakes his head. “I guess …

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