Daniel’s Garden

Today I walked with Daniel to his jungle garden. It’s tough (for me) to distinguish garden from jungle up there so I never let Daniel get too far ahead. I watched him tear some bark, tie it into a circle and then use it as a foothold while climbing a tree to retrieve some beetle…

PNG Justice

Lipson came over yesterday to help me with language study, but we started on another topic. He had been to court–don’t think Law & Order–because his brother had burned down his marita* tree and then they fought. This sounded juicy so I pursued it. Lipson owns, or owned, a marita tree. He and his brother…

Burial

After the grave-digging was completed, I followed the shovel crew to the house of mourning. Huge pots of rice had been prepared and were divided up and topped with small portions of greens mixed with Ramen noodles. Groups of six or eight gathered around communal dishes to eat with whatever they had–most people used their…

Jungle Hike

In our valley, most of the slopes are covered with waist-high grass while the peaks are topped with thick jungle. The jungle also grows down the course of numerous rivers and streams creating the illusion that it is trickling down the mountainside pooling at the bottom. Today I followed Lipson up one of these river…

Lucy’s Arm

For those of you who weren’t following our latest saga on Facebook, here is a brief recap. On Saturday Lucy fell from the cursed ladder to our loft. It was pretty scary for the first few minutes, but after the hysteria subsided and we talked to our doctor here, we felt reassured and decided we…

Walking and Talking

I went walking with Lipson to pick up some new phrases. He pointed out and called by name a few plants, most bodies of water and each variety of banana we passed. But I have already learned a few dozen plant names and those are not coming up in conversation. I was interested in his…