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I’m returning soon to Kingdom of Wonder. As I reflect on the wonderful students I’ve met along my journeys I’m always wondering how they are. Their smiles and resilience can capture any heart as they live each day, innocently, in a reali...

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I’m wandering the pavements of Las Vegas but feeling the Cambodian dirt under my feet. The dust kicks up, stinging my eyes as I instinctively grab my Cambodian scarf to cover my mouth. My eyes water. I blink rapidly as a distant image comes into foc...

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You were just a dream. A dream that kept calling my spirit to return if only for a brief moment. I finally accepted, ventured into your embrace looking for a connection, for answers, for closure, for belonging. What I arrived to left me longing for more. ...

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It feels different every year, but this year is unfamiliarity strange as we said goodbye to our students. There were no tears, no long hugs, no looks of sadness or negotiating to make us stay just a little longer. Perhaps it was the group dynamic, our tim...

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I’m wandering again on the road lost between between Minnesota subzero and Cambodia scorching heat. Along the way I encounter many travelers. A French attorney, traveling for 9 months, a German family with 2 toddlers and a Spanaird searching for qui...

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I woke to the sound of thunderous rain striking my hotel window. It’s the first time I’ve seen rain during this period of the year here. I jumped out of bed trying to figure out what was going on. Silly me. Afterward, I went alone for a refres...

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As we prepare to journey home, I’m anxious to drive again. Strange, of all the things to miss other than my family, I miss driving. This trip has presented many learning lessons about life, cultural nuances, group dynamics as well as individual percepti...

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I see our students’ smiling faces everyday at our center. Behind each smile is a tiny being enjoying life as it is; behind each smile is a story we’ll never know. This journey to Cambodia has opened a new perspective for me; what I thought I h...

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It’s 3am, I woke to the sounds of misquotes and crickets. It’s completely dark. There’s no moonlight but the sky is lit up with stars. Under the Cambodian night sky, surrounded by darkness, my spirit drifts. Teacher Sophan and I visited ...

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Since I started my journey, I have been speechless. I had to pause for reaction and truly be present in the moment. In stillness and silence, I finally can say, I am learning to love without condition, to give without any reason, to care and be without an...

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