Of all the places I have traveled, no country has laid claim to my heart like Cambodia. I think I fell in love as we passed through customs. It was late, like 11:30 p.m.  We were the last flight of the evening. The workers should have been tried and antsy. I wouldn’t have begrudged them curt attitudes at that hour. Instead we were greeted with smiles and jokes and a genuine desire to help us find our way. It was such a stark contrast to China (where I was living at the time).  Continue reading



Do you like peanut butter? Do you wear cotton? If so, you owe thanks to Peru. These crops were first domesticated and cultivated by the Peruvians 8,000-10,000 years ago! It’s strange to think of crops as “wild” or “domestic,” but they really are. Someone had to find them in nature, harvest them, collect seeds and start planting them intentionally, right? Continue reading