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(vol 2, issue 25) Twenty-twenty, man up, and ring-a-ding-ding

Seasons Greetings!

How are you? [Is this starting to feel like therapy yet?]

I've been thinking about that the most asked question, 'What did you learn in 2020? And how can we do better?'

I feel like the world learned that the consequences of people's actions are more wide reaching that we ever thought possible. In recent news, Thais who were working in the 'entertainment industry' in Myanmar sneaked across the border and ended up infecting the local population with COVID, causing a scare and some significant hotel cancellations for the upcoming holidays in the North.

Before COVID, being able to trace this, breaking of rules, etc, would have largely gone unnoticed. But now it's like live action footage. It won't be long before they figure out how to make everything we touch glow like neon phosphorescence leaving fingerprints on surfaces, so be careful of where you scratch yourself in public.

This year I learned that I'm lucky. I used to feel like a loser out here in Thailand, low-paying job, no great achievements or possessions. But 2020 gave me a good shake (à la Airplane!), and I was reminded that I have my health, a wonderful partner, and purpose -- to be the best person I can be (*yawn, eye roll*), and to write, write, write!

Although, I've gotta be real honest with you, I'm so ready to pound on the neighbor's door and tell that little brat to SHUT UPPPP! Oh, dear. Heard something break. It's quiet now... Nope, they've started up again. To be fair, his much older brother is probably torturing him. I would.

Around the Webster
Things Worth Sharing
Taylor Swift with an Asian male lead? Yes, thank you, girl.
Man Up with Theo Von - first episode is all about helping that manchild who plays video games all day and lives with mommy. Hilarious.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Dear Ijeawele - a reasonable primer for feminists, only 30 pages, who doesn't have time to read 30 pages!
Tim Ferriss' healing journey on childhood abuse

How are you celebrating the holidays this year? Do you need more ideas for gifts?

// Steve Tait is giving away his short story collections for free (Steve's my former TEFL instructor and I've been enjoying his stories for some time now).

// My friend Anne runs an Esty shop selling her herbal remedies and tinctures.

// Fashioned By Nature are a group of friends from Canada, England, and the US who have combined their passions to create sustainable clothing.

Josh Agle (aka SHAG) has been a long time fav of mine. Initially, he was best known for his tiki art and if his style looks familiar to you it's because he has had many copycats. 

Anyway, I could go on and on! Just know that I'm thinking of you, and wishing you and your family a very joyous holiday season.

Take care,

Lani

No Girl is an Island

Do you know of anyone who could use a little love during lockdown? Please forward my letter! Thanks. 🥰

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