About Me and This Site

Hey there.

I’m a 50-year-old one-time journalist, one-time ESL teacher, some-time writer and some-time photographer.

Christ in a Chrysler, a half-century down …
Anyway, I’ve been keeping this blog in one form or another since 2006 — albeit with occasional (some might say frequent, heh) gaps in time, both large and small.  I’ve  had similar sites before that; all previous efforts have become lost in the digital strata of Internet time.

After gallivanting back and forth across the globe for the last few years, I’ve settled back down in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio — again! — for the time being.

If you want to contact me, your best bet is to email me. Archaic and problematic, I know, but I just can’t be arsed to social network.


P.S. My professional site is here (naturally), where you can find out more about what I do to feed myself (or not), as are my photography and book sites.

Oh, and why the Gecko’s Bark? It just seemed … apropos … after living in the wilds of Thailand for a time:

The latest — ahem! — posts, with blurbs:

  • It Seems Like Yesterday (5/19/2019) - Well Mom, 18 years have come and gone and I've missed my usual deadline by several months now, but I have my reasons -- or reason, as it were -- which I'll get to in a moment.
  • Ten Years Gone … (12/16/2018) - It was a decade ago today -- and even somewhat close to the hour, as best that I can recall -- that my father died. ...
  • A Remarkable Transition … (12/21/2017) - I ended up crossing the globe again to teach English for a while, now I'm back. One of the things I wanted to do, now that I am, was bring this thing back under the fold of jeffchappell.com.
  • A Month In a Bucolic Paradise (9/11/2016) - As a culture Isaan is distinct from other parts of Thailand and has more in common with Laos and Khmer Cambodia than anything else, although I didn't realize that until I was actually living in Thailand for awhile. Much of what I assumed was just Thai culture in general was actually Isaan culture in particular ...
  • Arriving in Nong Khai, Thailand (9/5/2016) - It is the difference between night and day, in many significant ways, between Bangkok, situated on the Gulf, and Nong Khai, Thailand some 389 miles to the northeast. On the one hand it's urban vs. rural, but it's much more than that. Nong Khai is a center of Isaan culture ...

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