I was proud of my work at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston straight out of graduate school in 1997. For the first three years of my life there, my assignment was working with bone marrow transplant in-patients and the patients in isolation rooms. Then, I moved to Melanoma and Sarcoma services. There was so much … Continue reading Reflection: Working as a Social Worker at a Cancer Hospital
Wow. Can you believe it? It's been over three months, damn, almost four, since we arrived to Taiwan. It was all about festive celebrations when we first arrived due to Lunar New Year. That was way back in February. Lots happened since. I'll spare additional details but I wrote a bit about it here, here and … Continue reading A Miracle. A Place We Can Call Home.
Technically we don't have a home of our own just yet. We've been staying with family members in North and South of Taiwan and at Bed and Breakfast accommodations on the East Coast. Our 18 days across the East coast in March has been eye-opening and has allowed us to see the possibilities of being … Continue reading Our New Home
My how time has flown. Our life of four years in Thailand has truly been an incredible adventure and journey. I thought I would be so brokenhearted by leaving Thailand. Essentially, to me, it means moving away from Burma. Chiang Mai and Mae Sot were the closest thing to my Burmese roots. The dream … Continue reading The Leap from Thailand to Taiwan
Yes, folks, we just realized that we are a retired couple, but not retired in the conventional sense. Our retirement is not related to winning the lottery, cashing in on Chipotle stock (missed that one!), nor is it related to us finally reaching our "elderish" (Emma's word) age. We have retired from THAT race. You … Continue reading We have retired!
It's another new year, which brings time for reflection of the previous year that passed. However, this time I'm getting the feeling like I'm in the film "Groundhog Day," where I would go through the motions of declaring hopeful changes to be made in my life, but I wonder if any of them will … Continue reading In search of balance for 2015 and beyond
By this time last year, I was back in Houston, Texas, in preparation of selling our town-home in Midtown Houston. It has been a rental house since we left in July 2010. Our house needed some major repairs and only one of us could return to oversee both the repairs and the sale … Continue reading The Process of De-owning a Home and A Very Important Life Lesson