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Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: Goodbye to Berkeley

Posted on May 3, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



As we prepare to leave Berkeley, California and return home to Vermont, here are some Berkeley stories from the past five months of our family’s sabbatical:

 

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Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: They Paved Paradise

Posted on April 19, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



It’s late afternoon, and I’m looking east through the big picture windows of my favorite café in Berkeley, California. I’m used to seeing the Green Mountains when I look east, but today I see the Berkeley Hills.

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Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: Where The Heart Is?

Posted on April 5, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



When friends and family from Vermont ask how we’re doing during our five-month sabbatical in Berkeley, California, I usually answer, “It’s been a good experience. But it’s not home.”

The funny thing is, it was home.

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Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: The Surprising Joy of Homeschooling

Posted on March 22, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



Husband: I was thinking we could go to Berkeley for the second half of my sabbatical. We have family and friends there, and I could do research in my old department at UC Berkeley.

Me: Sure, that makes sense.

Husband: And we’d enroll the girls in school in Berkeley for the spring?

Me: Oh no, I’ll just homeschool them while we’re out there.

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Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: Journey to Points South

Posted on March 8, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



In mid-February our family left the house we’re renting during my husband’s sabbatical in Berkeley, California and drove south for eight hours.

Our destination: Orange County, a sprawling collection of suburbs just south of Los Angeles.

Our purpose: To visit my husband’s brother and his family…and Disneyland.

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Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: Sing a Song of Traffic

Posted on February 23, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



The other day, my daughters were playing on the brick patio that constitutes the backyard of our rental house in Berkeley, California. As two of them scooted around on toy cars belonging to our landlords’ son, I observed the following exchange:

Bringing their vehicles to a sudden stop at right angles to each other, one daughter said, “You go ahead.”

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Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: This Old House

Posted on February 9, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



About nine months ago, my husband and I decided to start looking for a place to live during our sabbatical in Berkeley, California. Sitting at home in Vermont, we assumed it would be no problem to find a furnished rental home for a family with four young children and a dog, within walking distance of UC Berkeley, on an assistant professor’s salary.

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Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: The Honeymoon Ends

Posted on January 26, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



Our first two days in Northern California were filled with palm trees, rainbows, and loving grandparents. On the morning of the third day – the day we would leave the comfort of the grandparents’ house and move into our rental house in Berkeley – I fell down the stairs.

As Mick Jagger said (or was it Richard Nixon?): “The honeymoon don’t last forever, kid.”

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Faith in Vermont: California Sabbatical, Day 1: Palm Trees!

Posted on January 12, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



“Wait, people are just allowed to have palm trees in their yards?” my eldest daughter marveled on our first day in California’s Bay Area.

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