I'm a Brit who's been travelling & living in Asia for the past 5 years. I began my Oriental odyssey in Istanbul & travelled east through Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand, China, Laos, Cambodia & Viet Nam, where I have been based for the last 3 or 4 years.
It has been challenging & enlightening as a lone woman experiencing Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist & communist lands, variously as adventurer, volunteer, spiritual seeker & English teacher; exploring & documenting what it is to be human, in the wake of natural disasters, during revolution, in war & in peace, & how we treat our Mother Earth & all our kin.
In former times in the UK & the US I also worked with wood, plants & then people. For a decade my profession was Shiatsu therapist. I did project work, treating people with HIV, addiction & mental health problems. Then teaching English to refugees in the UK drew me to Asia...
In Viet Nam, though I've made my living principally as an English teacher, I have written & spoken much about Vietnamese culture, the environment & the wildlife trade. My non-fiction stories have been published in the Guide Magazine & Vietnam Heritage, one in Ultimate Bird Lover book & two have won Short Story awards. I write primarily to share my knowledge of the Beauty of this Earth & its desecration.
I recently took a great leap across continents to Africa, to join an old, old friend in Nairobi, Kenya. I tried so hard to find ways to get there without flying, but surrendered in the end to a long haul flight from Bangkok. I am planning to plant many trees to compensate. And hoping to connect with some Pulse Wire women there. Writing, defending Mother Earth, championing our animal kindom Patience Writing, teaching, healing, gardening, tree-trimming, cooking, baking
My Vision for the Future
Women empowered, forests regenerating, rivers freed, oceans teeming with fish & cetaceans..