#105 – Chaos In Cambodia

“Are you sure you want to eat my food?” He suggested we go to some of the other more established and palatable touristy places, before finally agreeing.  He was our tuk-tuk driver. It’s how tourists get around in South East Asia. We knew Sammy wasn’t his real name. I’m sure constantly explaining his true Khmer …

# 104 – Make Some Cookies — A Story About Mom

Before leaving, I told her again to park away from the front of the school. “Mom, please park away. I don’t want people to see it again,” I said with stern sincerity. With a smile, “Okay, Beta (term of endearment in Hindi), don’t worry, I’ll remember.” We had an old beat-up Nissan Sentra that my …

#103 – Who Is That Voice In My Head

Are we the voice of thoughts? A 2020 study, published in the journal Nature Communications was carried out by psychologists at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. They uncovered that humans think an average of 6,200 thoughts a day. All thoughts are outward and come from an experience. This is the “cause” of the thought, and the “effect” …

#101 – The Dragon That Saved a United States Veteran

Imagine if you will. Having to drink your own urine to fight dehydration. So little food that you can count the number of grains of rice for dinner. Imagine taking part in a daily dance, called the Death March, where you are tasked with holding a heavy object over your head and the moment you …

#100 – Point the Finger, and Three Fingers Point Back

“If you step outside and you have a pain in your foot, you have two options. The first is you can try to wrap the entire world in burlap, or you can put on a pair of shoes.” – Ramana Maharshi It’s easy to blame others for our problems.  It’s easy to push off responsibility to …

#99 – 4 Reasons You Should Laugh at Your Problems

We all deal with stuff. This can aptly be described as suffering.  When we are in the thick of our own suffering, it seems as if the world is closing in on us, and the capacity to deviate from the emotions of those issues may seem intolerable.  However, there is a refuge, a safety net, …

Homeward Unbound- Chapter 6: Leaving My Tech Job, Nomad Life, and Re-thinking Reality

A few months ago, I made the decision to leave my job. The factors and series of events were many that led to this calling, and untimely as it may seem to outward eyes, it was a yearning and timed perfectly for the sweet fruit of change was ripe for the picking. I think much …

Homeward Unbound —Chapter 5: Deliberation with Nature

Perhaps the greatest gift bestowed to each of us is our innocence. In a grief-stricken world driven by calamities and chaos of varying degrees, it is difficult to maintain the innocence of our youth. Where the world was once new, and the peculiar and weird were something of amazement. I am surprised to still carry …

Homeward Unbound — Chapter 4: The Worst Day Ever, Tears, and Triumph

It was 7:00 PM. We had just traveled about 6 hours from Phoenix, AZ to San Diego, CA. There, Alicia felt terrible and I was agonizing over yet another emergency room visit. We knew the drill. It would be yet another visit where doctors tell us nothing. Another tedious emergency room bill to deal with. …