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Being a mother is one of my favorite things right now--you will probably hear about my daughters in class!  That aside, I became an anthropologist partly because I am interested in so many different things (I like reading about just about everything). I also especially enjoy travel, hiking, and photography. To the left is a photo of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, Ayutthaya, Thailand.  The United Nations Initiative "Friends of World Heritage"dedicated to promoting conservation and sustainable community development and tourism in/around World Heritage sites, has used it in outreach materials.  

  [ Banaue rice terraces ]

I also love writing, playing games, and artwork. The drawing to the right is taken from an illustration of a folk tale about a monkey and his animal friends who defeat a demon by pretending that a typhoon is coming.

photo by Heather Claussen 


To the right is a photograph I took of the rice terraces in Banaue, Philippines. The towering terraces (some as high as 4,920 feet!!!) were carved into the mountainsides by the Ifugao 2,000 to 3,000 years ago.  They are beautiful, but it takes a lot of work to maintain them!