Writing from the Heart

A few years ago I wrote a post about our youngest son Pat, after he had received an award from the¬†Williams Syndrome Association. It was a proud day for all of us, and in the years since, Pat has only added to the places he's traveled to, the friends he has made, the concerts he … Continue reading Writing from the Heart

It Took 62 Years, but I Am Finally Experiencing “Real” Foreign Travel

I've been lucky to get to do some traveling outside the U.S. over the years, but I realized today it was pretty "safe" traveling. I've been to Ireland, London, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Paris, and Barcelona. It doesn't take long to notice what all those places have in common - they're all in Europe. Which means that … Continue reading It Took 62 Years, but I Am Finally Experiencing “Real” Foreign Travel

Who Knew a Government Could Produce Such a Powerful and Emotional Video?

I've got to thank my wife for sending me this video; she knows I'm a fan of commercials and other short-length videos. And this one is special. The video comes from a surprising source, at least to me -¬† the Singaporean government. I'm not sure how long they have been making videos or how many … Continue reading Who Knew a Government Could Produce Such a Powerful and Emotional Video?

Sundays in Singapore Are Special

Our first Sunday in Singapore we were curious about the large number of women gathered in small groups, many of them having picnics in the big open spaces around us. We also noticed many of them lined up at money transfer windows. The photo above is of a park right next to where we are … Continue reading Sundays in Singapore Are Special

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

If I go, there will be trouble And if I stay it will be double So come on and let me know The classic song from the Clash has been on my mind in recent days. As many readers may know, I am in Singapore with my wife and youngest son for about 10 weeks, … Continue reading Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Music Monday: A Brief Glance at a Chinese New Year Performance

This past weekend was the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Singapore, with many shops and restaurants closing down from early Friday evening until Monday morning. It was very quiet at the malls, on the streets, at the corner cafes, and at the food hawker courts. But today things seemed to get back to … Continue reading Music Monday: A Brief Glance at a Chinese New Year Performance

This Would Not End Well in the U.S.

We've been in Singapore for three weeks now, and absolutely loving it. There are obviously lots of things that are different here than back home in the U.S., but I think the picture above says a lot about the differences. We were walking around parts of Chinatown tonight, and most of the stores were closed … Continue reading This Would Not End Well in the U.S.

The Hidden Power of the Confused Look

I'd like to say it's taken me 62 years to master having a confused look on my face, but in reality, I think it's the default facial expression I was born with. And while there may be times when having a confused look may not be a good thing (such as when a student asks … Continue reading The Hidden Power of the Confused Look

A Couple of Haikus about Singapore

Still feeling jet lagged It's only seven o'clock Too early for bed Hawkers pushing food The smells are hard to resist Can't wait to go back

Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore

I love street performers of all kinds, but especially jugglers and musicians. Fortunately, when it comes to musicians, Singapore has not disappointed (I'm still keeping an eye out for jugglers...) Right across the street from our apartment there is a large outdoor gathering space at the intersection of three malls. So far, we have come … Continue reading Music Monday: Music from the Streets of Singapore