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The Thai king has died after 70 years as monarch. The Thai people loved him, and he will be greatly mourned. Here is a thorough report and video from BBC.  Edit Update: Actually, this “Life in Pictures” is less critical. I’m surprised by BBC’s immediate ambivalent take on the reign. It seems like they could […]

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Shiny exoskeletons, knobby eyes, waving antennae, prickly legs–bugs and insects hopped, scurried, flew and plodded into my early life in Thailand. These ubiquitous creatures were a regular food source for locals who needed the protein, but also a draw for our playmates who singled out species for amusement. And from a giant tree in our front […]

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I could have been killed because of a tuktuk. To be honest, though, the tuktuk was only indirectly related to my near miss. The little traffic incident was due to my five-year-old impulsiveness, fueled by my desire to climb up into the bench seat of one of those shiny, colorful, motorized three-wheelers and put around Bangkok in the open air.  […]

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Of all the ways to travel in Thailand, the rickshaw was almost my favorite. We called this town conveyance a somlaw, or three-wheeler, because it was a bicycle in the front with two-wheeled carriage attached to the back. Somlaw carriages came in vivid primary colors with elaborate raised designs. The drivers tended to be older (men from surrounding villages?) […]

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Growing up in Nakhon Phanom, a provincial capital in Northeast Thailand, the four of us siblings liked to go out with family and join the activities of whatever special day was being observed. We loved parades with rows and rows of women performing classical dance in beautiful costumes. We were fascinated by a fair with anomalies […]

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 “Cicada Days” was an article I proposed for a children’s magazine in the early 2000′s.  An editor worked on it with me, but the magazine ultimately turned it down. The story fits the games theme, albeit with low-key, simple writing for a younger audience. (The magazine did end up buying a subsequent piece that was more suitable for their […]

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