Introducing Brandy (Upcoming Book: True to Myself by Amanda Griffith)

Hey, My problem is I think I'm an alcoholic. How do I know? I'm really not sure, but I know I've gotten so drunk I've blacked out and said and done things I'm ashamed of. I'm trying to get over my addiction, but I'm scared. My friend Tina just asked me to go to a party. I mean, I can't stay at...

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South Vietnam Culture

Where is the Integrity of Vietnam?

Does Vietnam have any integrity at all? A woman poisoned her husband with heartbreak grass because after he invited two friends over to get drunk, she saw a quick way to stop his drinking and beating on her forever.  Why is a woman and her children beaten regularly and community members come to the house and drink with the abusive husband for pleasure?Poisonous porridge has become popular in Ha Gaing. Why would people in the area be attracted to a …

Posted in South Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Today, Vietnamese ancient medicine, vietnamese film, Vietnamese food | 8 Comments

Death Reflection and a Dream of Peace

The front of my house in Bong Son had a porch with painted rails.  The top of the rail was wide enough for me to sit or lie on.  In the early morning I liked to like lie on it, so I could feel the coolness of the cement base on my back and enjoy the early morning sun.  One morning I was lying there feeling the sun and dreaming who knows what at that age.  I heard my oldest sister’s voice …

Posted in 1960's vietnam, 1970's Vietnam, South Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Today, Vietnam Warzone | 1 Comment

July 4th, Freedom in America, but Still no Freedom for Vietnam

We are celebrating Fourth of July.  Independence and freedom are something that every human being wishes to have but not everyone gets them.  Many people have to sacrifice everything.  And I am thinking of mypeople…of how many decades have gone by and how many lives have died for “Independence and Freedom”? Yet, my people, my country is still not able to call what we are having in Viet Nam freedom.Happy 4th of July!Thai Le I found this information about …

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A Father’s Day Tribute to Thai’s Dad

My village was not a safe place at night for my dad to come home to and spend the night.  He always had to just come home for dinner and go back into the city to stay overnight.  I did not spend much time with my dad as I had with my mom, and I am sure most Vietnamese children did not see their dads much at that time. All the men from South Vietnam went to the war zone to …

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