The simple life

I wake up to roosters crowing, old hens clucking like they know something.
I just want to sleep in but there’s Mom rushing –
“Load up the van, find a sinh to wear, don’t forget the paa bieng, tie up your hair.” Continue reading The simple life


How to swear around the world

So, this is a short, vulgar post.  I’m sorry, Mommy.  I hope you believe me when I say that, as a 30-something-year-old, respectful child of yours, I have never spoken the following curse out loud. Continue reading How to swear around the world

Spirituality and introspection in a fast-paced world


As this year has shown me, it is easy to get carried away with work deadlines, meeting quotas, and answering a dozen e-mails a day.  Before you know it, the temperature drops, the leaves change color, and the Salvation Army bell ringer appears at the entrance of your favorite grocery stop, interrupting your inner dialogue about whether you really want to get involved with a Halloween-themed dinner party.  (Because if you half-ass it, you end up with witch finger cookies served beside spaghetti and “eyeballs.”)   Continue reading Spirituality and introspection in a fast-paced world

The tooth mouse

Singhtong (the puppy formerly known as Miracle Merle) has been losing baby teeth on a regular basis.  This morning I heard one fall out of his mouth and plink on the kitchen floor while was I cleaning.  It was a molar and I was surprised because usually he just ends up swallowing them.   Continue reading The tooth mouse