Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

  I sat on these old, intricate floor tiles in the inner courtyard of a Chinese temple one hot humid afternoon in Penang. Nestled deep within a vast courtyard, the Han Jiang Teochew Temple… Continue reading

The Pearl of the Orient

“Penang is the kind of place that ruined me for an ordinary life.” ~ Anthony Bourdain I was born in Penang. I think that alone makes up for everything else in life. I… Continue reading

In the Face of Truth

When I was a young lass of 21, I suddenly developed adult acne. Zit seemed too mild and too cute a word to describe this ghastly eruption of carbuncles, papules and pustules. My… Continue reading

Where the warm wind blows

It has taken me a while to return to the realm of the written word. Not because there has been nothing to write about. But because there simply has been too much. And at… Continue reading

A Song in Your Heart

“If I keep a green bough in my heart, then the singing bird will come.” ~ Chinese Proverb I wake up every morning to tiny giggles as a wriggling warm bundle burrows its way to my… Continue reading

Be Happy

“If we are not happy and joyous at this season, for what other  season shall we wait and for what other time shall we look?” ~’Abdu’l-Báhá Happiness is to want what you already… Continue reading

A Guide to the Dark Side

“True loss is for him whose days have been spent in utter ignorance of himself.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh Yoda called it the Dark Side. Gandhi called it the Brute. Tolkien personified it in the Ring. It is… Continue reading

A Beautiful Mind

“Like a diet of the mind, I just choose not to indulge certain appetites… I think that’s what it’s like with all our dreams and our nightmares…we’ve got to keep feeding them for… Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

This is my son in the arms of Sima, our housekeeper and my closest companion in Afghanistan. Being house bound a lot during our two years in Kabul, I spent almost everyday in the company of… Continue reading

Beyond the Pink Ribbon

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the month of pink ribbons and charity walks. I love the enthusiasm and the solidarity but I just somehow feel we are missing the point of this… Continue reading