Traveling alone while female: I couldn’t have said it better (warning: bait and switch)

BAIT I have not traveled solo very much except for times related to work: many times in Bangkok for the weekend before or after work in Cambodia; once for a week going to Dalat, Vietnam from Cambodia for a brief return stint; once going in and out of Sierra Leone for my Masters in Public … More Traveling alone while female: I couldn’t have said it better (warning: bait and switch)

Death Valley: A cheap, inspiring, nostalgic winter getaway

Unless you are a hundred miler with a strong heart, do not visit Death Valley in the summer!  This amazing national park is best visited in late fall, midwinter or early spring.  I have visited twice—once in February and more recently around Thanksgiving.  What makes it inexpensive is that you can take advantage of cheap flights … More Death Valley: A cheap, inspiring, nostalgic winter getaway

Wading into dirty waters: Becoming a political activist

Until I was about twenty-six I was a political naif. Before that I had gone to plenty of protests against the Vietnam War, for fair housing, and in support of women’s liberation[1].  But I hadn’t tried to make any concrete changes, working through the local political process.  This is another kind of cultural immersion story: … More Wading into dirty waters: Becoming a political activist

A Water Immersion

Two summers ago in 2017 I got frustrated. I was trying to edge my townhome community toward a more conscious ecological perspective on maintenance decisions, but I didn’t know enough to be really persuasive.  I saw an ad via email for something called a Master Water Steward program, run jointly by the Freshwater Society , and … More A Water Immersion

Canoeing the northern wilderness at 72: it’s never too late for life lessons

This summer I agreed to go on a six day, five night canoe trip into the Quetico National Park in Ontario, CA, in early September.  It is just across the border from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota, with a similar landscape of lakes, rivers, and islands, with portages connecting them … More Canoeing the northern wilderness at 72: it’s never too late for life lessons

Babylon Bangkok

I thought I made up this title, but, alas, it is a book, a gay hotel, and probably many other things I have never seen nor read.  I used to call it Sodom and Gomorrah, but Babylon Bangkok has a better ring to it. Besides, there is a newish Netflix series—Babylon Berlin—that is very well … More Babylon Bangkok