Reorganising my life #52essays2017 #Essay12

I moved to Vietnam for three months. Or so I thought. But this wonderful country, and Hanoi—with its kind people, gorgeous food and easy lifestyle—has stolen my heart. And that doesn’t include the fabulous work opportunities that have come my way.

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On opportunity in Vietnam #52essays2017 #Essay11

Opportunity in Vietnam - Diane Lee

Opportunity (noun) – a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do anything. A few weeks back, I wrote about opportunity in Australia… and how there isn’t any. Not really. Everything is so hard, so difficult in Australia. Too

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On beauty #52essays2017 #Essay10

Beauty is only skin deep

By Western standards, I am not a beauty. My face does not have those fine features nor the synchronicity that is apparently pleasing to the eye. My hair is long and graying, and in a perverse act of rebellion, I

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Silenced #52essays2017 #Essay9

Silenced by men intent on controlling the conversation...

I have never experienced anything like this in my life. Silenced. Being with two expat men—one in particular—who refused to let me speak. Who wanted to shut down every word that came out of my mouth. Who shushed me, telling me

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A close encounter of the delicious kind #52essays2017 #Essay8

In which Diane Lee has a close encounter of the delicious kind...

This weekend, here in Hanoi, I voided an awful sexy times encounter with a Frenchman (aka That French Fucker) that happened at the beginning of 2016. That French Fucker was someone masquerading as a decent, kind and caring man… until I

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On opportunity #52essays2017 #Essay7

Diane Lee writes about the mythical workplace beast of Opportunity.

Opportunity (noun) – a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do anything. In Australian workplaces, there exists a strange, mythological beast. This beast is called Opportunity. Opportunity is a mercurial animal that magically appears in workplaces during times of

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Crush: extinction #52essays2017 #Essay6

Dying. Dead. Buried. Everything about him that I respected, admired, enjoyed. Gone. Killed by a single gesture that extinguished all others that preceded it. The way he made me feel was changed irreparably, irrevocably by that one action. A flinch. A

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Crush: evolution #52essays2017 #Essay5

The fifth essay in #52essays2017 challenge - evolution of a crush.

Four weeks. Give or take a day or two. That’s how long it took. Takes. For my crush to run its course. But my crush didn’t just stop. It didn’t run face first into a firmly closed door, and bloody and smash

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An open letter to government workers everywhere (but especially in America) #52essays2017 #Essay4

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke Dear government workers everywhere (but especially in America), You have an important job to do. And it is more important than

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Crush: anatomy #52essays2017 #Essay3

The third essay in #52essays2017 challenge - anatomy of a crush.

Oh, God. Really? Another crush? Why? Can’t I be done with this shit already? I’m 53 years old, and I’ve been single for 10 years. Of course, I haven’t exactly been a nun in that time, but since turning 50,

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