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Privileged to Share

Just a month ago, I received an invitation to a very special wedding.   Dr. Rujadhorn Indratula was marrying Dr. Nattapong Swangmuang. Dr. Rujahorn’s parents were my next-door neighbors during my first three years in Thailand. My sister, Carol, got … Continue reading

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Shade Created from Nature

One of the places that I like to take our new volunteers to see is the Umbrella Village in Bo Sang, outside of Chiang Mai. It is a place where craftsmen have continued the fine tradition of making umbrellas from … Continue reading

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Unimaginable Beauty Lies in Remote Places

I was privileged to travel into a remote part of Thailand in February with two co-workers to look at the possibility of new volunteer placement sites.  As always in my travels in Thailand, I was blown away by the sheer … Continue reading

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Christmas In Thailand 2012

This is a picture of my best Christmas gift in 2012:  my son, Julian, arriving from the USA via Japan to spend Christmas with me.  Julian was a little 8 lb. 12 oz. gift that God gave to me a … Continue reading

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Advent Alone

I will admit that it is strange to be alone during Advent. It was 2006 when my mother and father moved into my home in Texas and enriched my life with their love, their wisdom, and their consummate search for … Continue reading

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Honor Your Father and Your Mother

As many of you know, Asian cultures give greater deference and respect to the elderly in their populations than most Western cultures. I realize that is a sweeping generalization and there are, of course, individual exceptions.  But one of the … Continue reading

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Showers of Blessing

The New Year’s celebration has begun – and in Thailand, it is always wet!  Last year at this time, Mom and I had just arrived in Thailand and we were staying at the Bangkok Christian Guest House. From past experience, … Continue reading

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Because He Lives, We Too Shall Live!

There is something that I really like about Thai Christian funerals – they really are a celebration and a wonderful family time! In a typical Thai Christian funeral, the family gathers seven times to worship – to celebrate the life … Continue reading

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The Butcher’s Daughter… or Something Else Entirely?

OK.  Sometimes, you see some really strange things in this country! I was wandering through the largest fresh market in Chiang Mai with my brother, Ken, when we walked past a butcher’s stall.  But on this occasion, the butcher was … Continue reading

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Celebrating Christ’s Birth

Yes, I took an extended vacation from writing posts for my blog, but all to enjoy the company of my son, Julian, who came from San Diego. My sister, Carol, and her husband, Tim, and their two children, Kimberly and … Continue reading

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