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 »

Fun fact about baby elephants

Here’s a fun fact about baby elephants… Baby elephants may look fuzzy and soft…but they’re not! Baby elephants have patches of long hairs on their head and on their bodies.  This hair is extremely coarse — each strand feels like a thick, rough bristle or wire.  Why do they have this hair?  According to experts,… 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 »

Rescuing Turtles

In Florida, there’s a cool place called the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.  Anyone can visit, and it’s a really great place to meet turtles. You see, it’s kind of a turtle hospital.  They even have a turtle ambulance. It’s a place where sick and injured turtles are taken to get better. Here’s a poor little guy… Read more »

My favorite teacher

My favorite teacher is Ms. Neese.  She was my teacher for both first and third grade. Here’s a school photo during the third grade: I don’t know why I wrote “me” above my own photo. It’s not like I would forget it was “me.” Anyway, Ms. Neese was amazing. She had a huge ceramic jar… Read more »

Children’s Day

In the U.S., we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. But did you know that in some other countries (such as South Korea), they also celebrate Children’s Day??? Children’s Day falls every year at the beginning of May, and it’s a day filled with parades, fun activities and parties for kids. You might even receive… Read more »