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Soraya Waller

Soraya is passionate about experimental theology, sub-creation, and the grotesque beauty of biology. She is involved in the validation of poetic science, alternative education, and understanding our world via the building of fictional worlds. Her goals for this year are to seek unpredictable shifts in her life and outlook by seeking circumstances that challenge her abilities and her assumptions, and to use that personal growth to further her storytelling and her pursuit of improved systems of education. She is inspired by the works of her favourite storytellers, especially Hayao Miyazaki’s “Nausicaä” comic.

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Flame Day

February 9, 2018

Last week the India cohort had a training seminar at a place called Govardhan. Every evening, near a pond, ISKCON disciples would congregate for their evening prayer. They would chant, waving lighted candles at the edge of the pond. Each person present could take a turn with the candles, before passing it on to someone...

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Depression

January 19, 2018

I don’t know what depression is. I don’t know if it’s a purely chemical, genetic thing totally outside my control, or if it’s a direct reaction to my basic needs not being met by my lifestyle or the society I live in. I guess probably a little bit of both. My first memory of depression...

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City Names

November 3, 2017

I was rereading some stuff in my journal, and stumbled upon some stuff I wrote my first night here in India, that never made it on my blog but is kind of interesting. It isn’t as relevant now, but I wanted to go back and talk about it. The city I live in has two...

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Red Delicious

October 25, 2017

So I’m on the recovering end of yet another cold, and this one was pretty rough. I’m getting really used to the general sensation of cold symptoms and hot weather, a combination that used to feel strange and surreal. I think part of why I’ve already gotten sick twice is because I haven’t been eating...

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Thanks, man

October 10, 2017

This one is gonna be pretty short, not really a story as much as a brief expression of gratitude. I suppose I owe a lot to various Japanese men I've never met, but right now I just wanted to take a brief moment to thank one in particular. I get a lot of people asking...

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Super Cool Shirt

October 3, 2017

Today I was under the weather, so I stayed in. By the end of the day, I was bursting with stir-craziness. I’ve been having a sort of psychological dilemma these past few days, and with nothing else to do, I simply stewed in it. That could have been good or bad, but luckily, I think...

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Saved by Sheer Luck

September 19, 2017

I’ve had a lot of adventures in the past few weeks. Things that make good stories. Things that probably would have made good blog posts. But whenever I sat down to write something up, I realized I wasn’t inspired to share these stories. After two weeks in India, I began to wonder if that was...

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Saying Goodbye to Winter

August 25, 2017

So I'm from the Pacific Northwest of the US and Canada, and I've never been outside of it for longer than a month. Which means that for my entire life, there's been this unquestioned assumption in me, without my directly thinking on it, that each year of my life will consist of a warm summer...

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