Jewel Allen





I wanted to write this post last night, but it was already late, and post-midnight musings can sometimes spell trouble. I’d been thinking about running for re-election for several months now, clear back in December. I was looking ahead in my publishing schedule but wasn’t entirely sure yet if I […]

City Council or Writing?




I don’t know all the details of his story but his gaunt cheekbones and subdued manner spoke volumes. I could only imagine what he’d had to endure fleeing North Korea after he was exposed helping others defect, hiding out in the mountains, and then leaving behind his wife and children […]

Korean Day 13


We are in Seoul, where we’ll spend two days before heading home. My husband Drew is back after 30 years, when he once served for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Many of the buildings he used to pass are no longer […]

Korea Day 12



Set off early into yet another great-weather day on Jeju Island. The plan was for us to go to the Hello Kitty Museum (more about this and my HK obsession in a bit), but we had a few stops first. We were passing through an area on Jeju Island when […]

Korea Day 11


Our first order of the day was to go to this fun indoor maze, where we teamed up to complete an obstacle course and did a ten-minute one individually. What a hoot…and a workout! The girls and Drew placed in the top 10 in their age groups. Aftwerwards, we hiked […]

Korea Day 10



Traveling often delivers surprises. Take for instance our arriving back to our Airbnb yesterday to discover that we were sharing a three-bedroom unit with a family of small children and a group of young men.  Our hostess asked us about having one of the young men into our bedroom of […]

Korea Day 9


What a beautiful Sunday. With a slightly overcast sky, the new day dawned. We attended a ward in Gwangju. I was invited to bear my testimony and instead ended up teaching a Sunday School Gospel Essentials class with some members who are from the Philippines as well as a ward […]

Korea Day 8