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...
Colorful Bangkok

Colorful Bangkok

Traveling for business means less time for sightseeing. Fortunately, my husband and I snuck in some colorful moments in Bangkok. The food. Oh. The food. Unfortunately, when it comes to meals, I concentrate on eating, not taking photos. So many meals. So many missed...
Passport Panic

Passport Panic

 At sixteen, I got my first passport for a mission trip to Haiti. Iguanas the size of small dogs ran across the landing strip.                              Ripe mangoes fell from trees on top of our tents. But my love of travel didn’t start there. During spring...
The Simple Life in Springfield

The Simple Life in Springfield

Many folks choose their favorite spa or ocean resort to relax. I head to Springfield, Missouri, my oasis from the chaos of life. Although there are wonderful sites in and near Springfield, (Silver Dollar City, Fantastic Caverns, Dickerson Park Zoo, etc.) my foot was...
Barefoot in Bangkok

Barefoot in Bangkok

“Sawadee ka,” said a woman in a full-length gown—quite the uniform for the hotel door greeter. With hands under her chin in prayer-pose, she bowed just enough to make me feel like royalty. My left foot ached from a freshly healed stress fracture. What was I thinking...

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