The countdown

For my last two weeks of travel, the inevitable questions surfaced: Have I experienced enough?  What have I learned?  I knew I wanted to be in nature, to slow down the influx of anxiety about the imminent return and its… Read More ›

A case in contrast

After four months of travel in mainland Southeast Asia, I’ve grown accustomed and relish the chaotic street life, loose schedules, and language barriers. Even though I chose to stop in Singapore for a few days on my way to Malaysia,… Read More ›


I find myself drifting in and out, as the afternoon glow invites my body to recline on the hammock outside my bamboo bungalow’s porch.  Swinging naturally by my own weight, in a rhythm not unlike a baby’s cradle, I feel… Read More ›

Living Rice

Many years ago, I sat entranced while Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Tich Nhat Hanh, explained the concept of awareness with each bite of food we take.  His metaphor was with rice: from seed to table. Tich Nhat Hanh comes from Vietnam,… Read More ›