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A Little Nostalgia … A Reason to Love Southeast Asia

In recent posts I have talked about how I am a bit lost right now in terms of knowing precisely the direction life is taking, and each time I sit to write, that single truth stands out above the rest. I am in a transition, and those feelings and thoughts manifest in my writing; when […]

January 21, 2013 | Continue Reading ...

A Little Volunteering…Continued Mentoring Years Later

Two weeks ago I was playing around on Facebook as a way to procrastinate the real work I should have been doing when a chat window popped up – from a sweet young woman I met at the orphanage in Cambodia where I volunteered more than a year and a half ago. Many of the […]

November 7, 2010 | Continue Reading ...

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A Little Travel Memory … A Puppet and a Green Guitar

My friend Laura is perhaps the most randomly happy person I know—she spotted this puppet at the night market in Luang Prabang, Laos and simply had to buy it. At that time I couldn’t imagine how she would use it enough to justify carrying but she insisted so I bought a stuffed monkey to play […]

October 18, 2010 | Continue Reading ...

A Little Treat…Six Sweet Eats from Around the World

Everyone has those signature dishes they’ve tried in a new country – whether it’s a local delicacy or just bizarre street eat. But what about those fun snacks and new flavors on old favorites? Delicious Snacks and Treats from Around the World Some of these are sweets, some salty. But all are portable and can […]

August 20, 2010 | Continue Reading ...


A Little Quandary…When do you Donate?

The oldest girl in the group of children, she couldn’t have been more than 13, leveled a sly look my way before stating: “Lady, you buy our bracelets or who knows what will happen to your bicycles…” At that point, I think my jaw dropped. The Backstory Laura and I rented bikes for a day […]

February 25, 2010 | Continue Reading ...