Soup For Breakfast

Soup For Breakfast

I’m not a fan of conventional breakfast foods—bacon and eggs, granola and yogurt, doughy stacks of pancakes. Cold pizza and fried chicken are more my style. In Asia, soup for breakfast is the norm.  This morning in Thailand, I ordered the popular and traditional...
Reading On The Road

Reading On The Road

On the road again! I scanned my overflowing bookshelf and blew dust from five unread titles before stowing them in my suitcase. The luggage scale said my bag was two pounds over the limit. I jettisoned extra jeans and shoes. My books stayed. Reading on the road is...
Luggage: Lost and Destroyed

Luggage: Lost and Destroyed

Standing at Bangkok’s baggage claim, I wonder how many hours, and in how many cities, I have spent praying for suitcases to appear. For me, lost luggage is rare, but the fear remains. In the 1980’s, a video game was made about this common traveler dilemma. To be...
A Stranger’s Hand

A Stranger’s Hand

Library fines. They are inevitable when caught in the clutches of The Wife Between Us and the twists and turns this fun novel takes. I needed one more day. “Twenty cents,” said the librarian. She was new, so there wasn’t the usual banter about the amount of books...
Meet Gideon Putnam

Meet Gideon Putnam

Last week in Saratoga Springs, New York, I didn’t go to the famous Saratoga Race Course, take a private mineral springs tasting tour, or visit the famous grounds where the Battle of Saratoga was fought. Instead, I discovered the Gideon Putnam Burying Ground—the...
The Rag Drawer

The Rag Drawer

My family recycled long before it was cool. In our house, everything has a dual purpose. Peanut butter jars become drinking glasses. Popsicle sticks inspire a child’s art project.    Toilet paper tubes are really musical instruments. (Kazoos!). I love to...

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