Thanks for visiting my online home. I’m a Canadian who ended up living in Korea long-term without really planning on it, and this blog is a do-over after many less than stellar attempts. It reflects topics I’m interested in, such as animal rights, human rights and finding lost animals.

It also reflects my experiences as an English-speaking foreigner in Korea, mostly in and around Seoul. Because I have a full-time job and write on the side, I’m building this blog at a slower pace than I’d like, but it’s important to me to keep it going.

For safety reasons, I’d rather not post all my personal details in a public space. But if you’d like to get in touch, I’m on social media and would love to hear your feedback. And of course it would be amazing to get comments on my blog posts too.

After my past blogging experiences, I got very discouraged. I decided I wanted my online presence to be more than just a personal diary, and more than just comments on other people’s articles and blog posts. The sources I interview for blog articles tend to be amazing, inspiring people—but that doesn’t mean I’ll always share their opinions. My own views will come out here and there, and I won’t apologize for that. (But I do apologize for all the times I haven’t made them clear enough.)

Also, some people have asked about the visuals on this site. Most are just cell phone photos that I’ve run through filtering software to give them a fancier look. A few others aren’t mine and have been used with the authors’ permission, such as Adam Czelusta’s photo of human rights activist Yiombi Thona.

If you’ve read this far, thanks for bearing with me. Talk to you soon, and stay safe out there.

The blogger
That’s me a couple of years ago in front of the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum in Seoul. Definitely, anyone visiting or living in Korea should make time for a visit. The photo was taken by a volunteer guide.

My cat Jellybean
That’s my cat Jellybean and one of our old neighborhoods in a collage I put together on my phone. Jellybean and my other furkids may come up in future blog posts.
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