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&#!