A Great Sadness

TranslatorEvery new parent fears that tragedy might strike. All the joy of the new baby can be easily snatched away in an instant. But for my Dad it was not me that he lost, but his dear wife. We never talked about it. The pain had run very deep at the time and the...

The Promised Land

TranslatorMoving to California filled us with a high degree of anticipation. We had heard so much about the Golden State and now we were actually there. The wide freeways and endless space. The hazy mountains. Palm trees, beaches, intense sunlight, cool evenings and...

Earthquake!

TranslatorThey strike without warning and therein lies the danger and vulnerability. Happily when the great Luzon earthquake struck in July 1990 our family was not placed in any immediate danger. Malcolm was away on a pineapple plantation in the south but the rest of...

Hello Dutch Family!

TranslatorIn A New Beginning I told of the traumatic upheaval of leaving Laos in  May 1975. Where do we go now? It was not something we had even thought about… Time to start laying plans for the beginning of the rest of our lives – now as a family of...

Imelda’s Shoes

TranslatorIt had been quite a week. On Sunday we had awoken to the news of a revolution getting under way – Filipino style – and were coming to terms what it meant and the implications. By Tuesday evening Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Imelda and their family,...