Lily goes to Ghana: part 1 of a 2 part series

Welcome our guest blogger this week, my sister Lily White. As she describes herself in a published short story-The Upholsterer’s Wife: “Lily White is a saxophone player and writer living in Brooklyn, New York.  Born and raised in rural Illinois, she now divides her time between performing, playing with her daughter, and trying to find a legal … More Lily goes to Ghana: part 1 of a 2 part series

Factory Girl, Chapter 1: Where push comes to shove

In 1980 I put in a transfer request to move from the Arden Hills Control Data Corporation plant in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities to the Normandale Inner City plant (NIC), in downtown Minneapolis. (For more context, see my first post: Factory Girl: Prologue). My one year at Arden Hills was enough for me. … More Factory Girl, Chapter 1: Where push comes to shove

Iceland is Cool!

Iceland has been on my list of places to visit for a long time for a number of reasons. Iceland has a lot of natural hot spring pools and volcanic activity Bjork is cool (Dancer in the Dark, swan dress, Olympic Oceania dress) Iceland is pretty near the Arctic Circle so it has some very … More Iceland is Cool!

The blood beneath the yoga mat: Ecolodge #2

Part I: In 2009 I traveled to Cambodia again for my clinical training project with the Cambodian mental health organization, TPO. I traveled alone, having long before gotten the hang of moving through southeast Asia successfully without knowing anything more than how to say hello and thank-you in three languages. After this upcoming stay of … More The blood beneath the yoga mat: Ecolodge #2

Getting my feet wet: My first Ecolodge experience

In 2008 my son was halfway through his Motorcycle Diaries experience, minus the motorcycle, spending six months traveling from Brazil up through South America on his own.  As he was nearing Peru, we started talking about meeting up somewhere in Amazonia.  We found a place that seemed to fit the bill advertised in Lonely Planet.  … More Getting my feet wet: My first Ecolodge experience

The Mists of Tiwai

In August 2003 I spent a month in the West African country of Sierra Leone.  I landed in Freetown, the Capitol, and then took a bumpy six hour ride in a four wheel drive SUV to Kenema. Kenema is a small town that made international news in 2015 because it was a hot zone for … More The Mists of Tiwai