I’m a 49-year-old (almost) one-time journalist, one-time ESL teacher, current writer and photographer.
I’ve been keeping this blog in one form or another since 2006 — albeit with occasional (some might say frequent) 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.
Oh, and why the Gecko’s Bark? It just seemed … apropos … after living in the wilds of Thailand for a while:
The latest — ahem! — posts, with blurbs:
- 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 ...
- Of Politics, Facebook and Nong Khai, Thailand (9/3/2016) - I just wanted to weigh in on three seemingly unrelated topics, Facebook, politics and Nong Khai, Thailand -- seemingly unrelated topics because they are, in point of fact, unrelated. So why include them in one post? I'm lazy ... and then there are the kids at Sarnelli House ...
- The Mundane At Best and the Inane at Worst (8/27/2016) - Looking back through the years, I realize that I was angry much of the time, and that was what drove a lot of my writing. Of course I was angry about lots of things -- politics, for example was a big one, and emblematic of what's changed about me; I find I just don't care about it. Any of it.