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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 ...

20 things I love about Chiang Mai

July 13, 2014 , 48 Comments

Today is Sunday, July 13, 2014. Two years ago today, I changed my life. I hopped on a Trans-Pacific flight to Chiang Mai, the second largest city in T ...

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 [...]

  • Back to the elephants
    September 19, 2012 , 8 Comments

    I can hardly sleep, even in my new apartment in Chiang Mai. My heart races and when I close my eyes, images of elephants dance under my lids. I am [...]

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