Posts Tagged "home"

Looking for home after a global upbringing

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Writing | 4 comments

Looking for home after a global upbringing

It’s book month over on A Life Overseas!! I love books and I was thrilled be able to share a little about my latest book, Love At The Speed Of Email. I’m also giving away three electronic copies (PDF, MOBI, or EPUB versions available). You can find out how to enter over at the bottom of my post over on A Life Overseas. Love At The Speed Of Email is a memoir – the story of how I met my husband while he was in Papua New Guinea working for a humanitarian organization and I was in Los Angeles working as a stress management trainer. It’s more than a love story, though, it’s a...

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A conversation with Marianne Elliott on Zen Peacekeeper

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Writing | 0 comments

A conversation with Marianne Elliott on Zen Peacekeeper

I’ve been spending too much time with family here (and, yes, too much time holding a coughing baby between the hours of 1 and 3:3oam) to write up the posts currently brewing in my head. But that’s OK, because today I have another treat for you instead. Today I’m being hosted on Marianne Elliott’s blog. Marianne is a writer, human rights advocate and yoga teacher. She is the author of Zen Under Fire (a book about her time working in Afghanistan that I’m looking forward to reading in the very near future) and a Huffington Post contributor. She describes her site as...

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36 hours Luang Prabang to Washington DC

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Travel | 12 comments

36 hours Luang Prabang to Washington DC

This season of change continues at a rapid pace. We’re mostly unpacked in our new home now, and we even have wireless internet again after an in-house internet fast of 10 days – it got installed an hour before we left for the airport. Oh well, it’ll be there and working when we get back in five weeks. So now we’re in Washington DC. Surprise! Two days ago we woke up in Laos. Then we got on a plane (or three) and 23 years (or 36 hours) later we landed on the other side of the world. Mike’s facebook status update last night read: “LPQ-BKK-ICN-ICD 36 hours with an 8 month old....

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Family moments across the miles

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Travel | 1 comment

Family moments across the miles

7:40 this morning, just after I get out the shower, skype rings on my laptop. It’s my grandparents, playing with their brand new iPad. When I answer, my grandparent’s living room pops up and I can see my mother and grandfather peering, puzzled, straight into the camera. Me: “Hello?” Pa: “Now how do you…” Me: “Hello?” Mum: “Don’t press that one!” Me: “Hello? Can you hear me?” Pa: “Well, where’s the other little thing?” Me: “Hello? Did you call me?” Mum: “It’s somewhere down the bottom there.” Me: “You called me accidentally, didn’t you. And you...

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Things to love about coming home

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 8 comments

Things to love about coming home

We’ve been back 48 hours, and I’m way too tired to write anything deep on the current theme of love, so I thought I’d just offer a look at things I’ve loved about being back so far… The power went out before 9am the first morning we were back, so instead of unpacking and organizing necessities like change tables and diapers we spent three hours mostly trying to stay cool. Well, Mike and I tried to stay cool. Crazy baby didn’t want to lie on the tiles for some reason so he lay on Mike and sweated his way into a bad mood. A really bad mood. Oh, wait. I was supposed to be talking...

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Lessons learned while traveling alone

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Pregnancy, Travel | 18 comments

Lessons learned while traveling alone

I’ve been here three days but I’m only now feeling as if my brain is starting to catch up to my body. My first day here I broke one of the nice wine glasses. I also set out to make a ginger lemon slice and didn’t notice until I was packing things away that I’d used cinnamon instead of ground ginger. Yeah, well, you win some and you lose some. Especially after 24 hour trips that are not entirely free of drama. On Monday there were some teary moments before leaving the house for the airport at 6:30am. At one point Zulu trotted over to me looking very concerned. I thought he was coming...

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Writing and rewriting our drafts

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in Writing | 22 comments

Writing and rewriting our drafts

Michael Crichton is reported to have said, “Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.” I don’t know if I’m rewrite seven yet for this current book, but probably at least that if you count all the false starts I had before I even managed to piece the full first draft together. I finished that first draft in November 2009, just before Mike got back from a month long consultancy in Aceh, Indonesia, and pretty much the minute he got home I thrust the...

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Back at Home are Mike and I: Jottings on art, parenthood, and home

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Posts with photos, Writing | 12 comments

Back at Home are Mike and I: Jottings on art, parenthood, and home

Well, we’re back from Thailand and we hit the ground running this week. Although, after a full week of looking at this on Koh Tao… And this on Koh Samui… And strolling through resorts… And buying satay off the beach… And dining in lovely seaside restaurants as the full moon rises over the ocean… Well… let’s just say I wouldn’t expect any sympathy from anyone if I tried to complain that we’ve had some re-entry shock with getting back to work. So I shall just say that we’re well and truly back at work. Mike returned to scores of...

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Special places

Posted by on Nov 30, 2010 in Travel | 20 comments

Special places

I can think of worse places to suffer a bout of food poisoning than Bangkok airport. Then again, I can think of better, too. I won’t bore you with a blow by blow of the whole icky story. Suffice to say it started with me feeling a bit weird shortly after I got off the plane from Laos and ended six hours later with me breaking my six and a half year “no-vomiting” streak and throwing up in the departure lounge bathroom while everyone else was busy boarding the plane. It must have been something I ate on the Bangkok Airways flight. Funny, in all these years of traveling I think this is the...

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Getting started on home and place

Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 in Writing | 10 comments

Getting started on home and place

It is Monday afternoon already. Where did the morning go? We’ve been here in Laos five weeks now, and in the midst of all the different beds we’ve been sleeping in and all the suitcases we’ve been living out of, I’ve been trying very hard to keep some things constant: (A) get up when Mike does at about 6:15; and (B) keep mornings set aside as “working on the book” time. Roosters and a restless husband have made the first resolution relatively easy to keep (except on the couple of mornings last week when Mike left our bed in the 3’s – last week was not a good sleep week in our...

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