The latch & beckoning

[Not the name of a hip, pretentious restaurant] As time cruises toward my moment departure for my next venture – a little over two months in Myanmar – the dual nature of a travel-filled life becomes more poignant, more sharp.  Life at home is pleasant and joyful and comfortable… but I know there’s more out there…

Reminiscing: Christmas in the field, 2011

As I’m winding down my Christmas Eve and eager to begin a long winter’s nap here in San Diego, I’m going over some fond memories of holiday seasons past.  Particularly remarkable was the Christmas holiday I enjoyed in the Philippines in 2011, starting with my research team’s absolutely joyful end-of-season/beginning-of-Christmas-vacation party, and my sister and…

“Lucky Charm”: For Autism Awareness Month

Though I wonder whether the plethora (excess?) of “awareness months” dilutes the meaning of such initiatives, I do try to take some time to reflect on whatever causes are associated with a given month.  This month’s “awareness” issues include autism, which is near and dear to my heart.  My wonderful brother Danny has autism, so…

Sleepy Riverside Town

Back in charming little Trat town – one of those sleepy places that catches you unaware and infuses you with tranquility until you find yourself wishing you could stay for longer.  If it weren’t the capital of the province where I do fieldwork, I might never have come here.  Each time I come back, I…

Temples, Markets, Cafe-Offices

Here I am in Chiang Mai, one of my favorite places in the world.  Romantic, historic, bustling yet peaceful.  Touristy enough to have plenty of farang (foreigner)-friendly amenities, while still retaining its charm.  As my friend Kurt (who’s spent a chunk of time here) says, “Despite the best efforts of all the ignorant tourists, sketchy…

Driving Past the Mosque

In Bangkok!  Some thoughts from yesterday’s journey from Samarinda, Indonesia. I was prompted to post this because I read this article this morning, which articulately expresses most of my views on the whole awful film fiasco. In the taxi from Samarinda to Balikpapan yesterday morning, I passed a large and gorgeous mosque (not the one pictured).  Illuminated by…