Like Mother, Like Daughter.

My daughter, A., is a list maker. Just like her father’s mother. Just like me. She begged for […]


Part of the requirements for graduating with my bachelor’s degree includes two years of a foreign language. Portland […]

Cultural Exchange

It isn’t very often that, as a white American, we get to feel out of our element, but […]

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day. There are more than 9 million children living their lives as refugees. As […]

Affection for the Unknown

I drove back to Portland on Wednesday after a brief sojourn into the wilderness of Central Oregon. Okay, […]

We Must Not Forget

I have been doing a lot of reading lately , specifically with VietNam as the subject (not surprising, […]

Joining Forces

A month or so ago, the organization that is handling the logistics of our volunteer trip got me […]

I Bought Them.

-deep breath- I pushed the “book flights now” button and lived to tell about it, despite my worries […]

Got ’em!

The passports have arrived and we’re all quite excited. When the last one arrived yesterday, A said “Now, […]