Summertime Birthdays

Summertime Birthdays

When I was a kid, a summer birthday was a bummer. My brother’s birthday is the day before mine. On July 23rd (his B-day) or the 24th (mine) we often shared a cake that was frosted and candled in gender-neutral colors. The guest list was mostly neighbors and cousins...
Swimming With the Moon

Swimming With the Moon

The plaster in my backyard pool is peeling in great chunks. The deck is cracked. But until we refurbish the outdated pool, my husband keeps it clean and clear.  My personal pool guy! Read Swimming With Strangers in Shanghai. Swimming is my favorite form of...
Sometimes Florida Bugs Me

Sometimes Florida Bugs Me

Floridians boast they live in paradise. You can’t beat the almost year-round summer weather. But bugs also love the heat.  We share our spaces, indoors and out, with thousands of insects: book-loving silverfish, blood-thirsty mosquitoes, helicopter-sized...
Must We Multitask?

Must We Multitask?

Multitasking is the ability to perform more than one task, or activity, at the same time. Time, or lack of, is why we multitask. But are we saving time doing two or three things at once? Experts throw around phrases like context switching, Switch-Tasking, and...
Fond of Finland

Fond of Finland

Flying over Helsinki, Finland, the ground is blanketed in snow. My Florida boots are getting a workout this winter.  Instead of making snow angels, sightseeing, or visiting relatives, this two-week trip will be spent in isolation, writing the last few chapters of...
So Much Snow!

So Much Snow!

Decades ago, I moved from my hometown of Superior, Wisconsin to Central Florida. I traded snow for sandy beaches and below zero temperatures for year-round sunshine. But the beauty and fun of wintery weather beckons. Lake Superior, February 2015 Rovaniemi, Finland,...
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 I...

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