The Christ-Consciousness of Anthony Bourdain

There’s a soup lady on my street in Bangkok whose soup is so nourishing it makes me cry. Anytime I am sick or in a funk, I head straight to her wheeled cart and take my place in line behind construction workers before ordering a steamy bowl of chicken and rice noodles in a rich…

Saint Patrick for Today

  {A condensed, more polished version of this story can be read at Sojourners} The rain drums steadily on the windshield of our rental van as we drive through winding roads in the Irish countryside. The landscape alternates between dense forest and rocky clearings. Shades of green and grey stretch for miles. Our plans to…

We Live at the Circus

A friend and I lamented over coffee the other day about how we are cheating our kids a healthy, “normal” childhood by living in Bangkok. The lack of green space, fresh air, digging dirt, and the great outdoors–are we damaging them? After some thought and consideration, I’ve decided that we are actually living at the…

Euro Trip Part IV: Lake Como, Italy

After a 6 hour train trip from Nice, France, we arrived in Como, Italy–the most scenically beautiful leg of our trip. Mother was singing The Hills are Alive and indeed they were. We stayed at another perfect AirBnB find that I’m pretty sure was owned by my childhood penpal, Paola, who’s sexy face was blown up…

Euro Trip Part III: Grasse + Monaco

This leg of the race was really part 2 1/2 out of 4 but worthy of its own little corner of the blogosphere. After so much researching of where to go in Europe and narrowing it down to 4 stops, we added this side trip in at the last minute, knowing it would be a…

Euro Trip Part 2: Bonnieux

People travel for different reasons. For rest, relaxation, education and exploration. For me, the best trips are the ones when we feel like a character in another world. We surprise ourselves when we live in a different environment, and it stretches who we are as a person. It’s the same reason why I love theatre so…

Euro Trip Part I: PARIS

I do realize I haven’t yet written about our current home: Bangkok. I will. Eventually. 🙂 It took the better part of a year, but we do love our life in Bangkok. Still, we needed an escape. I hate to complain at all- we do have a good quality of life here. But the never-ending heat,…

Bali with a Baby

Like most hot-blooded, wanderlusty girls who have been influenced by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love in their 20s, I had Bali at the top of my Asia to-do list for years.  For the uninitiated into this cult classic chick lit, Bali was the Love portion of the three part memoir set in Italy, India and…

We will not pass this way again

Ok. I’m back!  I had promised myself to keep this blog going, but right after I started it, I had a distraction that descended on me like thick gravy on rice. Travis got a sudden month-long TDY to Italy (for those not indoctrinated with AF acronyms, this stands for “Temporary Duty Yonder”).  And for those indoctrinated with AF acronyms, you understand these…