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What I Heard At My Mid-Service Conference

Four months of no rain has given way to the eight-month rainy season my province is so proud of. I have to remember what that’s like: the umbrella by the door, the pocketful of plastic bags to slip my phone … Continue reading

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You. You!

“You.” “You!” The second was always more emphatic, a bit harder to ignore. We were in Vietnam ambling through the markets looking at souvenirs: T-shirts, bracelets, bags, and non-la (the iconic conical hats of Vietnam). The vendors, mostly women, would … Continue reading

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To Vietnam and Back

We stopped somewhere in Central Thailand bright and early in the morning to tour a temple. We couldn’t cross Thailand without stopping at at least one. I’d been on the bus for something like 16-17 hours and I hadn’t slept. … Continue reading

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An Impression of Cambodia

Sam, our tuk-tuk driver, was leading us out of town toward the temples of Angkor Wat when I began to notice the trees. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I was noticing them, there was something different about … Continue reading

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Finding Acceptance on the 515

The sun was brightening the sky around the high-rises of downtown Bangkok. It was a clear morning; you just knew it was going to be a hot day. Soi 11, usually crowded and full of energy, was not so busy … Continue reading

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I’m Too Old For This Too

Saturday was filled with activities for the kids. What I thought was an anti-smoking camp turned into an anti-drug camp but I wasn’t understanding any of it anyway.  When the straight lectures began I tuned out and headed to the … Continue reading

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I’m Too Old For This

While waiting for placement in the Peace Corps a few years ago now I decided to drive across the US. I traveled 13000+ miles through 27 states and one Canadian province in something like 45 days. My mind was still … Continue reading

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Ranong Canyon

  The water was green. Not a sickly, unhealthy green but a rich, nourishing, affirming green. There was a faint blue cast to it, from the sky, a reflection of the day. Not a cloud. I thought of the water … Continue reading

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Let Me Get This Straight

Life is hard in Thailand. I’m not talking hard as in difficult or arduous, although at times it is. I’m talking hard as in rigid, firm, even unyielding. And more specifically I’m talking about the furniture. When my fellow Peace … Continue reading

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Just Say No

He smiled at me and said, “50 baht.” I smiled back, shook my head and declined. “35 baht,“ he countered. “No,” I said. “30.” I hesitated. 30 baht was a decent price. I was thinking about it. I had just … Continue reading

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