Tag Archive: Karen people

Picking Flowers on Dusty Roads

The other day a journalist wrote about me that I had “been pregnant with this book for a couple of years.” I thought it was a good way to describe the birth of my book. Finally, after all this time, my book is born and you are all invited to... Read More

January 30, 2012 5 Comments

The World’s Burmese Daze

For the first time in my life, my name has been in the Wall Street Journal. If only my grandmother had been alive to see that! It was an article that I wrote that was pretty bad to begin with, then my friend Matt fixed it, then I added some... Read More

November 11, 2011 8 Comments

Here and now

This will be my shortest blog yet. But it says something that challenged me enough today. I hope it will challenge you too: “Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty,... Read More

November 1, 2011 1 Comment

A cold with a hangover

Here are some things I have learned today: Jetlag is a real condition. It feels like a combination of a hangover and a cold. Pretty miserable. I have too many clothes. I have spent the day unpacking my suitcase, and, lo and behold, my closet was already full. With my... Read More

October 9, 2011 5 Comments

A Norwegian in Minnesota

I am in Minnesota now. Minnesota is a place to go if you want to feel treasured as a Norwegian. They like us Vikings a lot here! We went to the Norwegian church called Mindekirken and joined about 100 men and women who had some kind of connection to Norway.... Read More

October 5, 2011 Leave your thoughts

Free, full lives for the children in Burma?

Tonight I went to the Friends’ church of Fairbanks annual fundraiser for Partners. It was a great event. This is the story I shared: Emily Paw was three. She wore a bracelet and two ankle bracelets. Her hair had small curls. I took a dress out from my bag and... Read More

October 1, 2011 5 Comments

What does Jesus taste like?

One of the many things I am learning (the hard way) is that Jesus so often speak in the places I didn’t expect it, and then he is remarkably silent in the places I thought he would say something. Today Jesus moved me to tears. By speaking through a Karen... Read More

September 26, 2011 5 Comments

The tears of heaven and heaven on earth

It’s the kind of rainy day that was made for inside activities. Part of me feels cheated. Hey, I have not had my portion of sun yet this season! We are heading towards Norway winter, and, let me tell you: it is dark and cold. I need all the sun... Read More

August 17, 2011 8 Comments