Saturday, August 27, 2016

Celebrity Sightings! Part 3--The Back Story

Celebrity Sightings!  Part 3--The Back Story


I decided to do this series about celebrity sightings when I kept hearing about celebrities coming to Nepal and I thought, "Well, by the law of averages, we should have seen at least one!"

So far, we haven't!

 Well, Part 1 was about those celebrities we missed (and of course, are continuing to miss!)!
Part 2 was about celebrities we did actually see while in S. America.

However, before I actually write about when I met a famous person, yes, I did,
I'll just put up a few pictures of people around here I see who SHOULD be celebrities!

Man, these girls are my heroes!

So are these!  There they are, all day, every day,

What about these "shop" keepers?

How about this family, living like this since the earthquake?

We see people here everyday who should be celebrities.
Their braveness is inspiring.  Thanks to all who are praying for these heroes in Nepal,
struggling day by day to make a living and never giving up!

OK, well, now on to my story of when I met a celebrity.

I was a freshman in college (for my Nepali friends, it wasn't 11th or 12th grade;
it was what you call university) at Columbia Union College in Maryland, which is now named 
Washington Adventist University, where I was studying for my
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.
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On a funny side note, I found out about the name change when it changed on
my Facebook page!

By the way, it was called Washington Missionary College when my parents went there,
and it is actually where they met!
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It was a great place to go to school--all of the tourist attractions 
of Washington, D.C. were there at our fingertips!

If you haven't been there yet, check out these websites to see what's there:

Now because I had worked in my high school's library for three years, working my way up to cataloging and accessioning books, I was a shoo-in for and easily obtained a job at Weis Library on the college's campus before I even arrived.  

Of course, as someone who's a bookworm, it was and always is, 
heavenly to be surrounded by books!
That link is in this past post if you missed it:

Anyway, so did I meet a celebrity there?  Well, keep reading!  As I said, this is the back story!

By the way, if someone had told me then that I would set up and run a library for 
an elementary school in Nepal one day, I'd have told them they were crazy!
It would have been only a dream!  However, it's a reality--and one that I love!!!

Here are the darling first graders learning how to carefully read and take care of books,
including how to turn the pages, along with wonderful older students as my translators.

OK, so school started and so did my job at the library.
I checked out books,
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and shelved books (putting them back on the shelves after they were returned).
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By the way, I have taught the children here how to put their returned books 
back properly on the shelves.  It's great!  It makes them feel special!

Other times I was assigned to "Reading the Shelves,"
which was checking to make sure each book was in the proper place 
and putting it back in its proper place if it wasn't there.
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Of course, my favorite assignment was when I was able to help organize the section 
of the library for the elementary education majors, of which I was one!
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It was a large library, like most university libraries, and we all had to move around with the different assignments just about every week to make it fair.  Reading shelves every day for
months on end could make you feel like you were going crazy!
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Well, one day when the new assignments were posted for the next week I saw
what I presumed was a mistake and I went to the head librarian's office.

Me:  "Excuse me Miss So & So, there's a mistake on this schedule."
Her:  "What do you mean?"
Me:  "I'm scheduled to work on Sunday on this schedule."
Her:  "Yes."
Me:  "That's a mistake."
Her:  "No, it's not."
Me:  "But my dad told me I don't have to work on Sundays."

(Yes, I was that spoiled!)

Her:  "My dear, your dad is not in charge here.  I am.  Everyone must take turns working on Sunday.  That's all there is to it.  Now, if you'll excuse me,  I have to get back to work."
Me:  "That's it?"
Her:  "Yes."
Me:  "Well, then I quit!"

Yes, I did quit!

I rushed out of her office.  I rushed to my room.  My roommate was there.
Roommate:  "What's the matter?  You look frazzled."
Me:  "I just quit my job.  My dad is going to kill me!"
Roommate:  "Well, I just heard there was an opening at the radio station
for a receptionist.  If you hurry, you can get there before they close."

I was out the door before she barely finished and ran to the radio station.

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Here's their website:

OK, now I think you're getting the idea--yes, I got the job and yes, I met a famous person 
while working there at the radio station!  

To find out what happened, stay tuned for Part 4--The Story!

Have a nice day, take care, God bless, and thanks again for prayers!!! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nepal Happenings

This past week many people in Nepal celebrated the Hindu festival of Janai Purnima.
Parts of India celebrate this festival under the name Raksha Bandhan.

Here's something you can see during this festival:

Now, I have twice done posts about this and I'm going to repost them today
for those of you who missed them.  

I posted this post after our first Janai Purnima:
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I used this picture because you'll find a cute conversation about festivals
that I had with some of the children!

Two years later, I posted about Janai Purnima again,
when I was able to go to the festival site.
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For more photos (professional ones!), and more information,
check out these newspaper stories:
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toddler gets colourful thread Janai Purnima

No photos, but interesting:

Here's what else happened this past week:
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Gaijatra Festival in Basantapur

More photos here:

Well, that's what's been happening here, and whatever happened in your neck of the woods,
we hope you had a wonderful week.

Thanks to all of you who are praying for Nepal, and actually for the whole world!

Have a nice day, take care, and God bless!