Adult education class, learning Thai literacy
Khun Wang, Thailand, 1977
My first venture into creative writing at the ripe young age of 16 was a short story called “Summer Time at the Sea” which I’ve had here on the website for a number of years now. I received a high school prize for it at the time and was so impressed with my achievement that I promised myself to become a short story writer for the rest of my life.
Unfortunately, life has its own delaying twists and turns so that I did not publish another short story again until 37 years later in 2005 with “White Lies and Silence”! Since then, I have been encouraged to write a few more, especially by Dyane Garvey, the executive director of Paj Ntaub Voice, a Hmong literary magazine based in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Although most of my academic writings have been “serious stuff”, she thinks I have a “funny” bone hidden somewhere in my system and if I am tickled enough, the humorous side of me would come out in my writings.
So here they are and I do hope you find them funny … as well as scary.