For the Love of Thai Food

If you were stranded on a desert island and could choose only one cuisine for the rest of your days, which would it be?Have you ever considered this? The thought of choosing just one cuisine for the rest of our days makes us break out in sweats.But change that question to: "What's your favorite place for street food?" … [Read more...]

Who Is Twitter?

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Before setting off on our journey, I had never touched HTML, I had no idea what SEO (Search Engine Optimization) meant and my writing consisted mainly of reports to management on how to operate legally and efficiently in countries like Azerbaijan or Kazakhstan.How things have changed in the last couple of years. I can now code basic HTML, I’m painfully aware of … [Read more...]

Visiting Burma: How To Do It Responsibly

While reading Nicholas Kristof’s opinion piece on Burma (Myanmar) last month I was consumed by a rush of memories - conversations and images from of our month-long visit there last year. My comment on his article shares my views regarding the effectiveness of international sanctions in changing the behaviors of the military government (junta). I also address whether … [Read more...]

Burma’s Golden Kite

The Golden Kite of Burma (Myanmar): the trail connecting Rangoon (Yangon), Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake. These four locations form a common itinerary for visits to the country. Their golden stupas, fields of ancient Buddhist pagodas, floating villages, and royal palaces tell a story of place caught between its modern-day struggles and an underlying narrative of a … [Read more...]

The Day That Dreamhost Died

Yesterday, our website was out for roughly 24 hours. Tragic? Certainly not. But maddening and disappointing it was.If you attempted to visit yesterday, only to be rewarded with dead space and cryptic system messages, we apologize. … [Read more...]

Love in the Age of Skype

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“How do you spend 24 hours a day together for two years and remain happily married...let alone sane?”The answer to that oft-asked question is the stuff of a future blog series. In the meantime, I remind people: “It wasn’t always so.”There was a time when Dan and I were separated for 27 months. He was in San Francisco and I was in Estonia. And that was before … [Read more...]