song: "come on up to the house" by tom waits
do you remember when this was used in the second season of "orange is the new black"? i do! i love that montage.
“as i look back on my life, i realize that every time i thought i was being rejected from something good, i was actually being redirected to something better.” – steve maraboli
it’s actually a story, “yesterday” by haruki murakami from the june 9, 2014 issue of The New Yorker. it’s long but you can handle it.
i subscribed to maptia—essentially the medium of travel stories—as soon as it launched. at the time, i assumed i’d giddily await essays about far-off places i might never see in person. then their weekly emails, mixed in with everyone else’s weekly emails, just accumulated in my inbox.
i felt like, “ok, maptia. calm down, i’ll get to you in a minute.” which, of course, i never did. so here we are. but the plus side is now they have a great article inventory i’ll occasionally pull from for this section.
this story is about the history of inherited rice terraces, the back-breaking labor they require, and the families who manage them in the phillipines. it's by rachel skeates, an aid worker from new zealand. check out her blog, friendsoftheweather.com