Is Writing Selfish? Or Is It Service?

When trying to live a life of service to God and to others, what room is there for egotism? Where does egotism end and our God-given gifts begin? **************************************************I’ve been state-side for one month now, with little to occupy my time other than my own thoughts and the warm comfort of friends and family. As…

In Northern Mississippi

Playing with poetry, writing from the Delta. In Northern Mississippi,folks smile and wave.They tip their capsand let you go in frontof themin line. In Northern Mississippi,clouds burst forthfrom blue skieslike cotton candyon sticks of sun-rays.And when it rains,it pours,and dust sticksin your teeth. Dogs bark here,and construction mengrownin fast Spanish–I cannot understand–but I smile to…

Magical Myanmar

Four months later and I’m writing again. There’s a lot to be said and many apologies to be made but for now I’ll say that I’m home in America almost fully recovered from a nasty parasite and spending quality time with family. I don’t plan to return to Thailand, but I don’t think this is…

Being ‘Miss Rumphius’

lupine flowers in full bloom I’m not a parent, so I can’t say much about what makes “good parenting,” but I can tell you this: we read so many books as kids, and those books, with their poetry and pictures, still stick like stamps firmly in my mind. The picture books especially remain close to…

Home

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s spring time, and somewhere outside of Bangkok there are flowers blooming. But the time I’m referring to is decision time. Transition time.I have always associated the months of March, April and May with stress, stress, stress. As a student, this is crunch time: exams, final projects, papers, recitals, formals, etc….

Living Inside the Outside

What happens when you move into the outside of your comfort zone?? Having passed the six month bench mark of living in Thailand (actually, I’m going on month EIGHT already…amazing..), I recently found myself in a self-prescribed “funk.” After the country-hopping adventures of Christmas break, I was back into teaching, finding myself caught up in…

What I learned from Travelling in Vietnam

What I learned from Travelling in Vietnam: 1. Culture shock is real, even if you only stay in a country for ten days. 2. Ten days is not nearly enough time to appreciate all that Vietnam has to offer. 3. Vietnam is diverse. The south is hot and humid, much like Bangkok. Yet the North…

Cambodian Complexities: I have a feeling we’re not in Thailand anymore, Toto

Today I’m typing from a close friend’s apartment in the Udom Suk neighborhood of Bangkok. Yesterday I walked through graves in Cambodia: the Killing Fields, one of many sights where the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia’s most notorious mass-murdering regime, slaughtered hundreds of thousands of innocent Khmer people not more than thirty five years ago. As I…