2013: Annis Memorabilis

Hmm… How to summarize 2013 in just one word? ‘Really, really amazing?’ ‘Unbelievably good!’ I’ll settle for ‘THE BEST EVER…YET!’ 2013 didn’t start out the best, with Leslie back in the U.S and the Korean winter chilling me to the bone. But as winter gave way to spring, things soon picked up. The sun came…

Some Things Do Last Forever

Rising strong and proud above the distant dusty plains and Jodhpur’s blue roofs below, Mehrangarh Fort is the epitome of permanence. The ruler who built the fort, Jodha of Mandore, knew how to build! For almost 600 years, enormous immovable exteriors protected the delicate palaces, passageways and chambers within, and it is at once colossal and…

Chang, Hammocks, and Other Ways To Get Fat While Living in Thailand

Okay, so I’m not exactly fat. But when I came to live in Thailand for a few months, it was with several clear goals: -Complete a second edit on my novel…check! -Absorb the lifestyle, i.e. beach, food, hammocks, pace of life…check! -Maintain my relative fitness and lose a little weight…EPIC FAIL!! I’m nearly 40, and…

Life On Koh Yao Noi, Where the Biggest Decision Is Which Beach To Choose

In a month, Leslie and I will leave Koh Yao Noi for India. By the time we depart, we’ll have been on this fabulous little Thai island that we call home almost 4 months, and despite our excitement of going to India, it will nevertheless be a little sad. Yao Noi is a small, peaceful…

India Is Her Name

In honor of my more than exciting upcoming return to India, I want to share with you a poem (very amateur) I wrote many years ago, along with a few images. Okay, so I’m no Keats, but perhaps it demonstrates the love I have for this most magical of countries. It’s 12 years since I…