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“When I Want My Heart to Be Water”

I began sprinting toward the sky train, even as I realized it was a hopeless cause. Once those doors start sliding closed, they don’t open again until the next stop. To my astonishment, the doors [...]

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A tale of two talks

“I sat and began meditating. I focused on emptying my mind and becoming one with the universe. I became one with the universe, and then I was sure, it would not rain before I got to work.” So [...]

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Where’s your uniform?

Uniforms are a big thing here. Unlike the Western country on my passport, where people love to rage against uniforms, screaming and protesting that uniforms hinder individuality and personal [...]

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The missionary and the motorcycle

I’m pretty sure the motorcycle taxi drivers have bets with each other about how quickly they can make it back to their waiting stations. I fully expected the wind to rip the contact lenses out of [...]

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When ‘they’ is not ‘all’

Fuming, I knew that later I would (or should) be laughing, but I wasn’t laughing yet. Earlier that morning, I had stood waiting for public transport to Bangkok. Van after van blasted past me. [...]

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Why mangoes?

It is “four-showers-a-day” weather. It is “I-don’t-need-a-microwave-to-melt-butter” weather. It is [...]

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Letters to Mom

May 2011 Dear Mom, Today we arrived at our “new” home for the year while we are in language school. Our senior missionary was showing us around. When she flipped on the bathroom light, it [...]

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Shame on us

Sunday, December 27. We thought it would be just our family at church that day, as all the regular attenders had told us they would be going back to their homes in the Northern provinces over New [...]

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Easter Rabbit

Street vendors abound in Thailand. Roasted corn, iced drinks, sticky rice, grilled pork, grilled chicken, fried chicken, fried hotdogs, hot dogs wrapped in waffles, ice cream, noodle soup, [...]