When the power goes out in Thailand


THAT’S a fire. When should I panic? I will panic now. [Chiang Rai, 2015]

I’m not entirely sure what causes a power line to catch on fire, in the rain, on the first day of a major Thai holiday, but it did right at our apartment.

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the missing teacher: a manifesto


I wrote a manifesto. I know, right? What was I thinking? Well, to be honest, this manifesto comes straight out of my book {the missing teacher}. It was a big deal when the “ah-ha!” hit me the first time, but now I’m so used to this idea, I don’t know what kind of impact, if any, it will have on others.

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I’m going to Hawaii.

What a history, what a State...Hawaii, you are one of a kind.

What a history, what a State…Hawaii, you are one of a kind.

I’m going to Hawaii. I’m going to Hawaii!

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Do you keep a journal?


“What we do everyday matters more than what we do once in a while.” – Gretchen Rubin

For a long time, I’ve been keeping a morning journal. Originally, I did it as a necessity and it’s been my constant, true friend. Perhaps it’s self-indulging, as some might say, but as far as I can tell, it has helped me throughout my days and provided an anchor when I felt astray. I’ve been keeping a journal for many years – let’s just say for as long as some of you readers have been alive…egats.

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Its award season and I have nothing to wear.

You're welcome. [Chiang Mai, 2014]

Yes, it’s a cat in a sweater. You’re welcome. [Chiang Mai, 2014]

The blogging award season occurs between now and later and takes place around the world, where the majority of important blog awards reside. The origins of such socialist awards are relatively unknown, but we do know that a German or a German lover was involved (see Liebster), as well as versatility, inspiration and sisterhood.

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Why audiobooks?

I tried speed reading, but I don’t think it really fits my personality. Plus, I like listening. It’s nice to give your eyes a break. I feel like we use our eyeballs a lot and I fear my vision is going through another one of its annoying changes. Regardless though, there is something really lovely about being told a story.

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Forever 32 (I’m getting old and it’s not looking pretty)

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Which college courses had the most impact on you?


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


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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