Saturday, October 16, 2010

peace on earth

There is nothing like listening to Iron & Wine while drinking tea in bed to start off the day.

Sam Beam: A man among men.

dress clothes

The First International Conference for Human Rights in Southeast Asia.

Across the globe, women confront manifold violations of their human rights — when they cannot participate in the decisions that affect their lives or claim fair political representation, when they face discrimination in employment, when they are denied entitlement to land and property, or when they suffer violence within their own home. Other obstacles to rights arise when women and girls are prevented from going to school or attaining health care, or are subject to harmful traditional practices.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

humans all over the world

I am pretending to sleep. Katie is passed out next to me in our mosquito net and I hear mom closing up the house. My eyes are open enough to see what's going but closed enough to keep her fooled.

After locking the door mom comes over to my bed and gently peeks her head in. She looks at us sleeping for a long time. And then she smiles. I know what she is trying to say. All moms say it.

In that moment I forgot that I was living in the middle of a landfill. We were just two humans trying to love each other. There was nothing else.

This is the biggest lesson Thailand has taught me thus far.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

birthday vegetables

today madelyn ruth van eck is 21 years old.

Her face is a testament of gods goodness. And I have a lot of hope in her to change the world because she makes my world better everyday.

She is fresh and beautiful and fun just like greenhouse community vegetables.

to do list

1. Drink my coffee in bed and look at the rain
2. Go on a run at sunrise
3. Eat a delicious vegetarian lunch of fresh vegetables and hot sauce
4. Become an adopted daughter of a land fill scavenger family
5. Use my brain and my heart and body to their fullest potential

with love from Thailand,
abby leigh