Miscellaneous

What To Do About The US Election Results?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Miscellaneous | 5 comments

What To Do About The US Election Results?

At this point, I interrupt my (admittedly very sporadic) coverage of our year of awesome to bring you a short post on the US election. I know. What a downer. If you’d really just rather go back one post and read about camping with baby turtles, I understand, because I don’t want to spend some my sunny weekend afternoon writing about this, either. I’m just starting to shake off the unprecedented sense of shock and revulsion that gripped me as the election results unfolded this week. And it’s a glorious day here in the South Pacific. We took the kids to a ranch this morning and put them...

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Where Is The Fun In Normal?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Miscellaneous | 3 comments

Where Is The Fun In Normal?

Today is the last day of my thirties. For the last month I’ve had an item on my to-do list that I’ve just never gotten around to doing. That item is: write something about turning 40. I was talking about this with a friend the other day while we were bobbing around in the pool, playing with the kids. “When I turned 30,” I told her, “I was in Mexico for the weekend, eating lobster and drinking margaritas. I hadn’t met Mike yet. I was living in LA, jetting around the world, and writing an essay a month. I think my essay about turning 30 talked about how I wasn’t sure I wanted to...

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A Year Of Awesome

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Miscellaneous | 3 comments

A Year Of Awesome

Dear Mike, It’s our anniversary! Our seventh!! We’re not in the same country today, but I’d still take this anniversary over the one two years ago when we went to chemo together, or four years ago when our wee baby broke his leg in Northern Laos. So this anniversary isn’t exactly a win, but in the grand scheme of our anniversaries to date, I’d still call it a draw. I wasn’t exactly in the most fully-present or romantic mood during our skype call today. That might have had something to do with the fact that I was sitting on the floor of the bedroom with my back wedged against the...

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A Quick Look At 2014

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 3 comments

A Quick Look At 2014

If I had to pick a phrase that captured this year it might be “sudden change”. We started this year facing a massive change, and now we’re ending it in the midst of another. Last New Years Eve found us on board a plane that had just taken off from Bangkok airport. Mike had been diagnosed with cancer 72 hours earlier and life had changed on a dime. We were heading back to Australia for surgery and treatment. We didn’t know then that Mike’s cancer was already stage two/three, that he would need three rounds of BEP chemo, and that we wouldn’t return to Laos for five months. (If you...

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The Courage of Goodbye

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Psychology, Writing | 0 comments

The Courage of Goodbye

Today I’m delighted to host a guest post from my good friend, Marianne Elliott. I first connected with Marianne around the time she published her thoughtful, vulnerable, memoir about spending time in Afghanistan (Zen Under Fire: How I Found Peace In The Middle Of War) . I love Marianne’s writing, and I know many of you will resonate with her topic today – saying goodbyes. Despite all the practice I’ve had, I have a ways to go in this area! You can find out more about Marianne on her website, here. I’ve had to say a lot of goodbyes. I recently calculated that between...

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What’s been going on Down Under

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 1 comment

What’s been going on Down Under

Guess what? In case you didn’t already know, parenting a newborn and a two year old and running a new website doesn’t leave a lot of time for personal blogging. I’ve been quiet around here lately, but I have posted a couple of personal(ish) posts over on Modern Love in the last couple of weeks. You can check them out there if you’re interested. Two Continents and a Baby: Coping with early parenthood in long distance relationships Silver Linings: Things To Like About Long Distance Love And the post that just went up today… Five Options When It Feels Like There’s Nothing To Talk...

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You Owe Me Grace (and I owe you an update)

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 6 comments

You Owe Me Grace (and I owe you an update)

It’s been ages since I blogged, but I was scheduled to post on A Life Overseas today and it was a good reminder to update you “at home” here. So before I tell you what’s over on A Life Overseas, here’s what I’ve been up to in the last month. In no particular order … Watching Playschool, eating mandarins, and feeding chickens. My parents have been wonderful at helping care for Dominic, but I’ve still had plenty of time with the little man. We’ve discovered the kids show Playschool and also spent lots of time roaming around outside. We play in the sandpit, water the flowers,...

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Normal life is taking all my time

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 4 comments

Normal life is taking all my time

“What have you been up to this morning?” Mikes asked me via Skype from Bangkok. “I didn’t even get online until 10:45 today,” I told him, still stunned. “I’ve been changing diapers and emptying trash cans and replacing toilet rolls and tidying up rooms and making beds and cooking breakfast and doing laundry and hanging out laundry and … normal life is taking all my time!” “There’s a post title,” Mike said. (Apparently, not only is normal life taking all my time but the events of the past months have taken all of my creative energy, so Mike has started to point out...

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Adding insult to serious injury

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 7 comments

Adding insult to serious injury

Until this afternoon the title of this post was going to be “I can’t be bothered to write an update” because that’s how I’ve felt since Wednesday – exhausted and pretty much completely uninterested in my computer, my blog, my book, my job, and the outside world. So instead of blogging I’ve been walking myself and Dominic back and forth from the hotel to the hospital two to three times a day to visit Mike and crawling (collapsing) into bed in the afternoons when Dominic goes down for a nap. The rest of the time I’ve been focused on keeping the youngest member of this family...

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Searching for silver in storm clouds

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 11 comments

Searching for silver in storm clouds

It’s been ages since I wrote a post in my series about fruits of the spirit. I’ve felt a bit stuck on the theme of kindness – trying to think of something new and fresh to say on the topic. Or perhaps I should just say that I’ve felt stuck “trying to think”. It’s been a busy, exhausting couple of months. Most of the time right now I feel as if I’m walking around with half a working brain, a quarter of my personality, twice my normal quotient of irritability and anxiety, and not a single flicker of creative inspiration. These last few months have not been my favorite season of...

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