Full Circle

It is cold and snowy more often than not this winter in Rhode Island. ┬áMy winter away last year has left me with little tolerance for this weather. Everything seems gray and icy. It is hard to imagine that it will be green and warm in a few months. And although I didn’t miss the … Continue reading

Returning to …?

Some emails from Singapore prompted me to look back over this blog. I have had very little time for reflection since returning. Classes started about a month after I returned, and the combined effects of teaching 3 different courses (5 classes) while coping with some family and personal health issues has been overwhelming. Fulbrighters are … Continue reading

The Sun Just Keeps Rising

I am on my way home. It’s a long way and an even longer day(s). It has been a very long week of goodbyes, packing and the details of moving out. I cannot really put this whole experience into words. And I suspect it is not yet done. I will be finishing up my project … Continue reading

A Weekend of Wandering and Wondering

My last weekend in Singapore has come and gone. I had hoped to get some more work done on my project but I have reached some sort of limit. I have written over 60 pages and probably have 10 or 15 left to go, but it is all blending together. And then there are appendices … Continue reading

Still a Long Way to Go!

It is July. I will be going home in 9 days. It is hard to believe that this adventure will end soon. It was first an idea about two years ago. So much has happened in those two years that I really can’t process it yet. So I won’t try right now. My brain seems … Continue reading

Chiang Mai, Part 2

As promised, I will use this second post on Chiang Mai to give you an idea of the history and sights in the city itself. Chiang Mai is in northern Thailand and is the hub of the Lanna region. Many hill tribes are found in the area, some of which have relocated due to turmoil … Continue reading

Chiang Mai (Part 1)

Fortunately, I was able to escape from Singapore and the Sumatran smoke and head north to Thailand. By the time I left late last week, the air quality had reached hazardous and the smoke had pretty much permeated everything – my apartment, the trains, all clothes, everything! My head hurt, my lungs were burning and … Continue reading

Sumatran Smoke In Singapore

I had planned to work on my project and take breaks every day or so to sort of fill in the blanks in terms of places I haven’t visited yet or those I haven’t fully explored. Well, that isn’t really working too well due to an unexpected invasion of smoke! Apparently, slash and burn land … Continue reading

Lost in the Web!!

I confess – I am running out of energy for writing and researching and thinking. I have pretty much put myself in lockdown mode trying to get things written up and wrapped up in the next few weeks. In the process, I have decided that my own students are masters of self control!! Seriously, I … Continue reading

Singapore Ramblings (on many levels)

It is hard to believe that in exactly one month I will be packing my bags and getting ready to get on a plane for home! I expect this next month to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I am very ready to go home! I have always missed every one but now … Continue reading