Category Archives: Southeast Asia

To be a real traveler . .

“To be a real traveler, you must be willing to give yourself over to the moment and take yourself out of the center of the universe.  You must believe totally in the lives of the people and places where you … Continue reading

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Global Fund For Children’s Photo Contest: Cambodian Courage

Hi Everyone, An amazing organization called, Global Fund for Children, (http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/) is trying to raise awareness for girls living in adverse conditions around the world through a program called Project RISE.  In order to do so, they have started a … Continue reading

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manic mondays or magic mondays

In case you need to be redirected into a happier week . . .

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Reexamine your “core values” Louis Vuitton

  “A single journey can change the course of a life.”  This is the catch phrase accompanying Louis Vuitton’s “core values” ad campaign.   Yes, this statement may be true.  But unfortunately for you Louis Vuitton I don’t think an … Continue reading

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play games. change the world.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw I really began to believe in the power of games while teaching in Vietnam.  On 8:00 pm on a Saturday night, … Continue reading

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rasie the roof.

“Raise the Roof: Chair” http://adsoftheworld.com/media/print/raising_the_roof_chair?size=_original Since coming home from Vietnam, I have encountered the obvious forms of culture shock. Yes – I continue to be amazed  at how quiet the streets of Chicago seem and that no one is trying … Continue reading

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The serious lesson of Saigon

“If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old” – Edgar Watson Howe My dad always says, “There’s no easy way to make a living.”  I’ve never been afraid of things … Continue reading

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The top of the world

I always thought that life was sweeter in the mornings.  That is the time when the world is quiet and the birds are chirping, the morning dew still wet and fresh on the grass soaking in the clean air.  No … Continue reading

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Adventure Junkie

For whatever reason I have always had an inborn urge (aka it was genetically passed down from you Dad) and desire to push myself to the brink of existence – to feel the reality of the world so intensely that … Continue reading

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“Teacherrr – you’ll never find a husband if you keep dressing like that”

“Teaaaa-cherrr, you’re never going to find a husband if you keep dressing like that.”  These are the first words spoken to me as I walk into my classroom on a Friday night to a room full of 12-year-olds.  Mind you … Continue reading

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