February 1st, 2014 by

On the road again: To Myitkyina, Kachin State…part 1


Over the mountains to Myitkyina Things are changing here: we now fly to Bangkok regularly ( 1 hr. 15 min ) on Nok (Bird in Thai) Air, buying our tickets through the ATM at the local 7/11 in our Mae Sot neighborhood.    After a couple of days in BKK, we flew to Mandalay for a night and then on to Myitkyina, in Kachin ...

December 31st, 2013 by

Working with the Gang of 7 at Pun Pun


Pun Pun Organic Farm, about 1 hour north of Chiang Mai  December 19-22, 2013 Looking out from Pun Pun Our friend Lisa asked us if we would be willing to do a short photo workshop with some home-school kids at Pun Pun Organic Farm (, where she, Rocky, and their children, Jack and Ailsa live.   Of ...

December 31st, 2013 by

New Year’s Thai style


Wheeee! Whooosh! Lanterns full of wishes for the New Year December 31, 2013 These are the fireworks/lanterns we saw on New Year's Eve from our front and back balconies! Indispensable cleaning wonder woman, Ma Yu arrived yesterday with her daughter, as scheduled.  Nat and I were working ...

December 14th, 2013 by

Back to the Future: Mae Sot

December 2013We are back in our Mae Sot home where the orchids are blooming and the weather is delightful; not too hot, cool at night, and best of all, no snow to shovel or ice to scrape!Gyoza in BangkokNok Air, one of Thailand's domestic air carriers brought us from Bangkok and the demonstrations ( we, however, only saw 2 trucks loaded with ...

April 19th, 2013 by

Sitting on top of the world…almost part 1

Sherab Gatsel LoblingThe background:The ads say Incredible India but that doesn't begin to describe the people, the sounds, the colors, the smells, of the little bit of northern India that we saw.Gate at Sherab Gatsel LoblingThe MY STORY photo project was invited to McLeodganj (or upper Dharamasala)  by Trinley Palmo, a Tibetan working for the Health ...

April 19th, 2013 by

Sitting on top of the world…almost part 2 Baghsu & Shimla

Baghsu villageWhere Nat and Susan walk up yet another mountain to see a waterfall in Baghsu village.  It was a short 3 km walk to the village and then another 1 km UP to the waterfall.We're going to the top!On the way to BaghsuHenna tattoo wood blocksTiny Hindu shrine on the way to waterfallSlate roofs Donkeys carrying slateCooling pop with mountain ...

April 19th, 2013 by

Of toy trains and Red Forts / part 3

Trains, tunnels, and honeymoonersThe toy train on the way from Shimla to KalkaOne of those tunnels From Shimla we took a toy train, narrow gage, to Kalka where we boarded a regular train back to Delhi.  For 6 hours, this little train winds its way down the mountains, through something like 113 tunnels, clinging to the narrowest of ledges, with ...