April 12, 2016 , 6 Comments

There’s a cacophony of crickets, frogs and dogs barking that wake me before my friend, Jodi, does. Laying on the bamboo floor in her hut constructed of the same at […]

Questions to ask about volunteer vacations

January 18, 2015 , 17 Comments

Editor’s Note: I recently contributed to a book about volunteer vacations and how to be responsible when choosing one. Details are at the end of ...

Daily Wanderlust: happy elephants

February 15, 2014 , No comments

Happy elephants aren’t always easy to find in Thailand. A quick look at the current Travel Blogger Calendar and the related blog posts can give ...

My To Do list

April 15, 2013 , 16 Comments

What’s in a bucket list? Or, on a bucket list? I mean … I’ve never really had a bucket list. I’ve tried to have one, but the a ...

  • To rescue elephants
    January 27, 2013 , 49 Comments

    It is pitch black when Lek knocks on the door of my room at the guest house. “Ok, we go,” she says softly through the wood. “The elephants are ready.” [...]

  • Giving thanks
    November 22, 2012 , 4 Comments

    I’m sitting in the kitchen of the house where I grew up. Around me, I can hear the happy chatter of my mom, dad and brother. I hear the jingle [...]

  • In memory of Rajah Gajah
    October 4, 2012 , 12 Comments

    The day I arrive to Chiang Mai, I am greeted with beautiful news: Elephant Nature Park has a newborn baby boy. Instantly, I feel my heart flutter at the idea [...]

  • How Mr. Lucky got lucky
    September 4, 2012 , 57 Comments

    I have a bleeding heart. If you know me, you know this. And, on my third day in Chiang Mai, this bleeding little heart is tested. “Hi,” a couple says, [...]

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