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

The YouShare Project

A quick note before I head off to the Shire for Pii Mai celebrations:

The YouShare Project reached out to me a few weeks ago and have published an adaption of my two blog posts, Exodus and Stateless.  This is an awesome project that provides a hub for inspirational, encouraging, and true personal stories.  Give them a read and if you have an incredible story of your own to share, consider submitting it to them for publication.

Have a great weekend, and sabaidee pii mai!

My story on YouShare



A time I didn’t speak English

Nakhon Panom, circa 1983.

On the way¬†to my¬†brother’s wedding rehearsal, we took a road I have not traveled in years. ¬†It is a pretty well-known route into the downtown area, but I rarely leave the house¬†when I visit my parents. ¬†Everything looked familiar yet strange all at once. ¬†Before my family purchased the 25 acres that came to be known as the Shire, our first home in America was a run-down¬†trailer on the busy side of town. ¬† Continue reading A time I didn’t speak English

My favorite English curse word is s&#!

I believe¬†I am a fairly¬†articulate person. ¬†I work with small children and also large children (college students) who use¬†terrible vernacular. ¬†I try to show them the error of their ways. ¬†I rarely swear. ¬†But someone brought it to my attention yesterday that I overuse the word s&#!. ¬†I confess: I am quite fond of this word. Continue reading My favorite English curse word is s&#!