What I Learned about Writing from an Eleven-Year-Old

My nephew is a wonderful pianist, but sometimes, he really hates to practice.  But he loves music. He loves excelling at the piano. So he practices at random times of the day, no routine involved, no inspiration needed. He just applies his tush to the piano bench, and starts going. Here’s a video of him… Read more »

Midnight Street Food Tour…in Bangkok!

One of my favorite ways to get to know a new city is to go on a food tour. I try to schedule one for the first or second night of my visit, because it’s a great way to get an inside scoop of the city and eat at some amazing spots. We’ve been on… Read more »

Will STUFF make you happy?

I’m embarrassed to admit that when I was a kid, my number one fantasy went like this: I wake up, and my parents tell me we have to go to Toys R Us to “run an errand.” When we get there, all the employees are standing around and smiling at me. My parents then inform… Read more »

Baby Elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

All you need to know about Thailand is that you can meet baby elephants there. Baby elephants like two-month-old Boon. Boon was born a runt. So in the photo above, you can see how little he is, especially compared to his mother, who stands in the background. The wooden post you see on one of… Read more »