sound of cemeteries

The Lord knows what we need, when we need it. He knew I needed to visit a cemetery on a hill on a brisk New Zealand spring to find closure, grieve and celebrate a life well lived. *note, this post was written in October 2014 I’m in Akaroa today. It was a French colony and…

Traveling with Tessa: Fragrance Façade

I flew before I could walk. Travel has been a big part of my life as a third culture kid and still is now as a writer who works internationally. When you fly, often or rarely, there are ins and outs that you learn with domestic and international traveling. I’m still learning. Traveling with Tessa – I’ve…

bag defunct. bugs beware.

Are there any more bags? I asked this of the Thai man who poked his head in through the flaps that release the bags to the conveyor belt. Yes, one more, he said. My bag came out and I turned several different shades of red. The side zipper pocket of my duffel was agape. This…

history

I like, no, love history. I love learning about the past because it paints a picture of why the present is the way it is. Many of today’s problems have their roots in the past, in events that have transpired. I was reminded of that today when I listened to men and women from villages…

While in Vietnam

While in Vietnam: I ate pho perched on a squat stool. A Singaporean man sitting behind us told us he wasn’t eating because he was already 105 kg. I discovered I have very expensive tastes in (fake) designer handbags (the most expensive was a Gucci at $380). We ate at a Vietnamese restaurant that gives…

for auld lang syne

So long 2010. Every year flies in and out faster the older I get. My elementary years seemed like an eternity packed into 10 years. Middle school seemed to slink slowly by. Each year in high school went by progressively faster. College went by in light speed, or what is it called on Star Trek,…

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.