My first experience after arriving in Bangkok was the taxi driver who was taking me from the airport to my hotel, at 1 AM, after having been in an airplane for 24 hours. He got us lost. We wandered through the dark and narrow one-way streets of Bangkok, circling around and around, looking for my hotel. It is supposed to be a large, well-known American hotel chain. How could he not find it? “It must be on a main road,” I said. “I’m sure there is a large entrance sign leading up to it…”, my voice trailing off as I look around at the streets that appear to be nowhere close to where we should be. That was my first cultural surprise. I was expecting large […]
In recent anticipation of the looming tornadoes across the south, I decided to pack my bag. I’ve never done that before, but a co-worker’s advice echoed in my head telling me that I should be prepared. Really, I spend my days as a project manager planning and preparing for contingencies and talking about risk mitigation, yet I don’t give much thought about my own. I should know better too. A tornado passed within feet of my house about five years ago and left a path of downed trees which I still see the effects today. But back then I didn’t pay much attention, fully absorbed in my work and often mentally tired. That particular day five years ago was one of several wake-up calls for me. So this […]
It’s frightening sometimes, definitely sad, and it can leave you feeling down or hopeless. The events of just the last few months are enough to keep us at nights wondering. A missing Malaysian plane with 239 souls on board, a sinking South Korean ferry carrying an entire high school of students on a field trip, the search and rescue efforts for the sudden mudslides in California, earthquakes all over the world, ravaging tornadoes that leave many people dead within seconds, and that does not include the countless shooting scenes in malls and schools that seem to take place almost daily. Phew…, that’s not a fun, feel-good, positive topic to write about, but I just could not ignore it this time. It shouldn’t be […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.