Which college courses had the most impact on you?

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My first perfectly intact projectile point find, on the job, at the Ute Mt. Ute Reservation. [Cortez, Colorado, circa 1995]

As some of you already know, I didn’t take high school very seriously, so I had to go to community college first. At the time, I was embarrassed because my friends went off to major state universities all over the country. Looking back, I’m glad I took the cc route. Community college was a very cost friendly way for me to figure out what I wanted to do and get my grades back on the right track. I also had to get myself academically sorted out by taking pre-college courses. (I hate math.)

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Has living abroad changed the way you dress?

I'm so American and so can you. [Magic Mountain, baby. 2008]

I’m so American and so can you. [Magic Mountain, baby. 2008]

It started off with shoes, but then it became a bigger question. Does where you live change the way you dress?

Yes. A resounding yes.

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What kind of reader are you?

There are writers who write within a genre and those who write outside of them, too. But what about the readers? How do you read? What do you read? Why do you read?

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Things I’m liking (sharing the love) #3

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I don’t know why I don’t do these posts more often. I need to do these types of posts more often. I’m going to do these posts more often.

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Why this Asian American never pursued acting.

Cast of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [circa 1991, Mililani, Hawaii]

Cast of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I’m in black because I was assistant to the director. [circa 1991, Mililani, Hawaii]

Grace Rowe’s video message to Asian Americans reminded me why I never pursued acting after high school. She pleas for AAs to get into acting and she’s witty about it, too. I liked the video. But even in high school, I knew I wasn’t the right color for Hollywood or NYC theatre. I knew that I had to be utterly stunning and talented and I knew I was just the class clown.

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12 things I’ve learned from traveling around Thailand

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A bundle of joy [Bangkok, 2015]

Recently I’ve been traveling around Thailand and it’s driving me batty because I’m such a homebody, but I love seeing new places, too. I know, I’m so complicated. And even though I no longer live in Chiang Mai, I’ve had to return there several times to go to Chiang Dao, Ubon Ratchathani, Lamphun and then I went to Bangkok. So, here’s this month’s “12 things” list.

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How can I be a better writer?

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It seems like everyone wants to be a writer these days, but that isn’t going to stop me from writing. When I started to pitch my first book to agents, let me tell you I got mightily discouraged from the lack of interest. I went through phases of wondering if I should even bother – to trying harder to figure out what I needed to do.

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How yoga helps my writing

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Surrendering to silence. [Mae Ngat Dam, Thailand, 2012]

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 12 years. I say this not to impress you, but because I want to establish how long yoga and I have enjoyed a healthy relationship. Of course, by now, you’d think I’d be really bendy and flexible, but I am not. I’m not “advanced”. On the contrary, I feel rather beginner immediate.

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Yes! I finally did it. I published my first book.

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Why I like blogging

Making new friends, Cuenca, Ecuador 2010

[Making new friends, Cuenca, Ecuador 2010]

Blogging is like becoming an expat, you get to meet folks from all around the world, but you don’t have to go anywhere! It’s brilliant. Of course, just like traveling, you meet some great and not-so-great folks on the road. Sometimes the connection last only the strength of the holiday and other times something more long lasting is built.

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My Ubon Ratchathani story

My uncle's house. [Lamphun, 2014]

At my uncle’s house. [Lamphun, 2014]

Have you ever chased a dream? And if that is too dramatic to say, have you ever chased down something that didn’t hold much of a chance, but you decided to give it a go anyway? Because that is where my Ubon Ratchathani story begins, with a pursuit.

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The traveler and expat pecking order

Bwahhahhaha! [ Pha Taem National Park, 2014]

Bwahhahhaha! [ Pha Taem National Park, 2014]

I was at the Maejo Lantern release (aka Yee Ping Festival) when a colleague of mine loudly stated, “My god, there are so many foreigners here. This is insane. I bet they don’t even know what this event is all about. Why are they even here?”

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