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

Traveling a Great Distance in a Few Miles

In 1966 I joined a national YM/YWCA summer organizing project to bring college students from all over the US to Chicago to be part of the Fair Housing Campaign for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by Dr. Martin Luther King. (www.movingimagearchivenews.org/the-1966-march-on-cicero-a-step-towards-equity/) I was 20 and a college senior to be. The goal was to … More Traveling a Great Distance in a Few Miles

Finding Great Lodging

(Picture is Citizen M hotel in Rotterdam. Quirky, classy, high tech, affordable with great common spaces to meet people.) Before you go any further in this post, think about what “great lodging” means to you.  If it’s an all-inclusive four star hotel on the tourist strip, then you won’t find my experience useful.  Trip Advisor … More Finding Great Lodging

Luck meets Karma in SE Asia: An intro with four sixty second stories

During the 5 years I spent traveling back and forth to Cambodia for work I also had several vacations in Vietnam and a dozen weekend stopovers in Bangkok, I noticed the importance of luck and gambling in the region. I learned that both Vietnam and China have long placed restrictions on their population’s ability to … More Luck meets Karma in SE Asia: An intro with four sixty second stories

It’s not about the fish! GBR is dying; climate change is to blame.

In 2016 my husband and I went to the Great Barrier Reef, a two hour boat ride over heaving seas, leaving from Cairns in Queensland. Our boat tied up in its appointed spot near the reef and we received our equipment and stinger suits to be used over the 2 1/2 days. Most of the … More It’s not about the fish! GBR is dying; climate change is to blame.