Two friends died right after the New Year. Around Valentine's Day, I lost my mother. In the fall, my daughter left home at the same time I realized that my romance had no future.The quiet in my apartment was deafening and the noise in my head was soundless. What could I do? On impulse I went on line and signed up as a volunteer to teach English as a Second Language for a month in a monastery in Katmandu. These are some of the people I met and a few of the things I saw.