My daughter and I have been playing what we call The Acting Game. It started with us telling each other what feelings to act and graduated to instructions like “You’re in love with your water bottle” or “You’re afraid of your hands.”

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One of the first drawings that I did in the Philippines was also the last one that I colored because – fun fact! – watercolors don’t dry there. This, btw, is all that is left of Cagsawa Church. It was buried by lava about two hundred years ago.

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At night, all the American cousins slept together in one gigantic (three mattress) super bed. In the day time, they all jumped together on one gigantic (three mattress) trampoline.

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I was fascinated by the ad hoc and jerry-rigged construction in the Philippines. My sister-in-law, Nadine, described it as “Halo Halo Architecture.”

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