mountain of contentment

From where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the author and perfecter of my faith. I love sitting outside on a bench that faces the mountain that’s near to my house and having my quiet time. I sip my coffee, munch on a bagel or cereal, watch Finn pounce on…

ballet flats and truck beds

Today I borrowed a truck with a “Carryboy,” a hood on the back, to pick up a piece of furniture from a village known for its furniture and handicrafts. I’d discovered yesterday that the Toyota Soluna I have been using is not large enough to accommodate my purchase – a coat/purse/umbrella rack. After making the…

closing chapters

How do you close a chapter in life? I think it’s similar to finishing a really superb book – the kind of book where you eat up every line until the last line, consuming and enjoying every word and minute. It’s the kind of book you get lost in, where the characters seem as real…

Caught in translation

I’m dog sitting for a friend for two weeks and I’m staying in her apartment. This morning, I took Maybelle out for a walk and a young guy came up and sheepishly introduced himself. “I’m sorry, I don’t believe we’ve met,” he says, extending his hand for a handshake. Handshakes aren’t too common in Thailand…

assuming asaph, living like levi

I am a 21st century Levite. Is that OK to say?
Home, for me, is a word that has no boundaries, no nestled yard or cement walls that stay constant for too long.

Boiled eggs and blind turtles

Long ago, Buddha’s disciples asked them when their sins and bad karma would be gone. Buddha told them they’d be free of karma if they placed an egg into a river and after three years they put a blind turtle in the same river and when the blind turtle finds the egg, that’s when they’d be free of their sin.

Khrang naa

Next time, I’ll be better. I’m aware that I’m not the best blogger.  I’m sure that seems ironic since I’m a writer. It’s not that I don’t want to blog, I truly do. I find though, it’s hard sometimes to come home and blog when writing is your job. I’ve been writing all day, bein’…

Thaichinese, Chithai

That’s what I’ll do. I’ll create a new language that’s a glorious hodge podge, or potpourri if you’ll allow for it, of the two languages I flutter back and forth from to study. I’ve studied Chinese and Thai since I was little but haven’t seemed to master either language. Just when I get to a…