Dianne Shiner, M.A., M.S.W, lives on Whidbey Island, WA, with her husband, David Sellers. During her formative years, experience in a Benedictine community imbedded the integration of contemplation and action deep in her heart. Now retired, she was formerly the Executive Director of Lutheran Social Services, Holden Village, and the Whidbey Institute at Chinook. She has been blessed by travel with purpose and is regularly committed to volunteering at Escuela de la Calle, a school for street children in Guatemala

The Dogs of Bhutan

No matter how well-prepared, brilliant, and guided a traveler may be, it is foolish to believe that one can come to really know a place in a brief sojourn. In my initiating culture shock in India more than 40 years ago, I found that the longer I stayed, the less I knew about India, and the more I learned about myself. The British essayist, Alain de Botton, in The Art of Travel, has said that travel agents ask the wrong question when they ask, “Where would you like to go?” but rather should say, “What is it that you would like to change about your life?”

Winter 2013 Issue

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