Healing

Social distancing and isolation are the story of our lives right now. I know we are all trying to make the best of it and connect with each other in new ways, even as we anxiously watch the death toll climb. We just want this to end as soon as possible. But there is also … More Healing

Be a Good Girl

Recently I have watched two documentaries—one about Hillary Clinton entitled Hillary and one about Taylor Swift entitled Miss Americana. Both of them deeply resonated with me. Hillary Clinton is from my generation but Taylor Swift is barely 30. What do these stories of two very different women have in common? They both deal with the … More Be a Good Girl

Betrayal

There’s always a lesson of a lifetime in every betrayal. Edmond Mbiaka I experienced several lifetimes worth of betrayal during my years in Bangkok. Betrayal is defined as: ‘an act of deliberate disloyalty’, ‘to mislead or deceive’, ‘destroying trust–possibly lying’. If we examine our lives honestly most of us can say that we have been … More Betrayal

Forgiveness is hard.

As humans we all realize that forgiveness is difficult. Am I simply stating the obvious with this lesson? Probably, but let’s dig a little deeper. Thailand is a Buddhist country. Buddhist teachings encourage us to walk the middle path, let go of that which causes suffering, practice loving-kindness and compassion towards others, and live a … More Forgiveness is hard.

My Limitations

For as long as I can remember I’ve been trying to be perfect–the perfect daughter, the perfect sister, the perfect student, the perfect friend, the perfect wife, the perfect mother–well, you get the picture. Surprise, surprise–I have never been able to attain this goal. Not one single time. During my years in Bangkok this reality … More My Limitations

My First Lesson

Since the title of my book is Nine Years in Bangkok:Lessons Learned, many of my friends have been curious as to what my lessons were, how I learned them, and if they had an impact on my life going forward. I’d like to dedicate a series of blogs to this topic. My lessons could be helpful to … More My First Lesson