Keeping it Riel

Each day Asia finds some way to nudge me out of my comfort zone, and I’m learning to expect and even appreciate it. I was none too happy to leave frenetic Bangkok, but it meant a nine-hour, overland journey by bus into Cambodia. Mitch had researched the route diligently, but it was a nerve-wracking decision to … Continue reading Keeping it Riel

Understanding the Elephants

Elephants are the largest land animal in the world and they are fascinating, paradoxical creatures. While fiercely strong, they are emotionally fragile. Huge and heavy, but lighthearted and loving. And in Thailand, where they are the national symbol, the people have abused and tortured these animals that they claim to revere. We’ve learned so much … Continue reading Understanding the Elephants

Our Virtual Christmas Card

When December comes, I eagerly anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth and all the joy it brings, but I also look forward to walking to our mailbox every afternoon to see whose Christmas cards we’ve received. Family and friends, new and old, from all over the country. I absolutely LOVE seeing how children have grown, new … Continue reading Our Virtual Christmas Card

Seeing all Seven

When you are offered the opportunity to go to Antarctica, you know this could be your chance to see all seven continents. At least, that’s what I thought when I was asked to go with Coca-Cola in 2003. Now, 12 years later as we entered Australia, I’ve seen all seven. Even in the current state of … Continue reading Seeing all Seven

The city that stays with you

We’ve spent the last two days exploring Melbourne, specifically the CBD (central business district, aka downtown). The first day was all about finding the best views and riding their trams around town. It’s a relatively new city (like American cities versus European) with a mix of beautiful Victorian architecture alongside ultra-modern skyscrapers. The second day … Continue reading The city that stays with you