Monthly Archives: March 2012

pre-shock

A couple, Steve and Janet, who has been living in Jakarta for the past 4 years and is now headed back to the US, have kindly been answering lots of questions and offering to sell me their stuff. What a … Continue reading

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this could be you . . .

My Uncle John who is visiting Southeast Asia, sent this picture with the note: “This could be you, Jackie.”

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that very week . . .

When we were younger, we rarely saw our grandparents because we lived overseas in Korea and Japan. Later, when we moved back to the US, we lived several states away. So whenever we got together, it carried an air of festivity … Continue reading

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mary stops by

The door bell rings as I’m eating dinner, cilantro lime rice and chicken pot pie. It’s Mary, our condo association social director, fresh from the board meeting to let me know my request to sublet my condo has been approved. … Continue reading

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4 months out

Last night, I ran outside with little bits of ice and snow pelting my face. The icy flakes did not melt immediately on contact with my eyes, but stung before melting. Like being caught in a harmless sandstorm. I think … Continue reading

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how a plane trip, a hotel stay and 4 conversations can change the course of your life

how it begins Reading international teachers’ blogs like Teach to Inspire and Teach Travel Taste is like watching the swim teachers jump off the high dive. Their blog reflections take for granted that climbing above the crowd and letting yourself go is a viable … Continue reading

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