Family with Dog on Bike Bangkok
Expat Life, Thailand

The Strangeness of Everything

A few weeks after moving to Bangkok, I started to get desensitized to the strangeness. What once struck me as bizarre and exotic – monks collecting alms in the morning, an entire family plus the dog on a motorbike going the wrong way down a one way street, green tea flavored Kit Kats – became part of normal life. As James Hilton wrote in Lost Horizons, “There came a time, he realized, when the strangeness of everything made it increasingly difficult to realize the strangeness of anything.” When you are immersed in the foreign, the foreign becomes a new normal.  Continue reading

Broad Pass Sunset
Photography, Wildlife Photography

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everyone!


I thought about writing a post about how we need to protect our fragile planet, reduce, reuse, recycle and support political leaders and businesses that safeguard the environment. But I realized that all my readers are smart, environmentally conscious people who are doing what they can to stop climate change and protect our Earth.

Instead, I thought I’d post photos from some of the most beautiful yet fragile and endangered landscapes and animals I’ve had the great privilege to see. Hopefully these places and animals will be around for future generations to enjoy.

Now, I will go hug a tree. Enjoy your day.

Marjerie Glacier from above.

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska


Chobe National Park Leopard

Chobe National Park, Botswana.


17 Islands National Park

17 Islands National Park, Indonesia

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Campeche cathedral

My Favorite Places in Mexico – An Awards Show

Welcome to the Mexico Travel Awards Show presented by Planet Bell. Last fall, I traveled for two months through 13 Mexican states, from the north to the south, from the Baja to the Yucatan, and points in between. Here is a map of where I went:

Mexico Travel Map 2015

Now that the dust has settled on the trip and I’ve had time to reflect, it is time to give out awards! By the way, I am wearing a tuxedo and will be your host for this event. Please put on your formal wear, get a beverage of your choice and settle in for an evening of awards and entertainment. Continue reading