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Globalization Through The Lens of Malaysia

May 9, 2016 9:00 am Published by 2 Comments

Left: Kuala Lumpur’s Twin Towers seen from the Traders Hotel where I stayed. Note: the lunch I had at the space needle in the middle left will be the subject of a rant. Here I outline the way globalization is woven into Malaysia and the way Malaysia weaves itself into globalization.... read more

Further Observations on Japan

May 6, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: see my previous blog Ten Things To Love About Japanese Culture. Here is another listicle about Japan. This time the observations are random and in no particular order: 10. T-shirts/sweatshirts. Many people wear T-shirts or sweatshirts with names of U.S. states on them, like South Dakota or Maryland. Every... read more

Kinosaki-onsen – a Japanese Spa Town

May 2, 2016 4:24 pm Published by 1 Comment

Note: In my blog Ten Things to Love About Japanese Culture, I put the Japanese onsen (communal bath) as #1. Making good on my own rating that the onsen is the height of Japanese culture, Gerard and I went to Kinosaki-onsen, a charming spa town on a northwestern coast of... read more

My Adventure Begins

April 8, 2016 10:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This week I’m beginning my around-the-world adventure, which will last five months. I hope you’ll enjoy following me as I blog about my travels. As a world traveler I have come to appreciate home in a way I used to take for granted.

Creativity and the Road Trip

December 28, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Tips for tapping into creativity: Take a new way to work. Wear your watch on your other wrist. Go crazy and part your hair on the other side for a change. There are few thoroughfares I like less than I-95, especially the stretch between North Carolina and Orlando, Florida. I’ve... read more

Love After All

November 16, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I love treating the setting for a story as a secondary character. A lively setting allows my main characters to shine brighter. I travel a lot and use the many places I go as backdrops for my narrative imagination. One place that can hardly be outdone for romantic possibilities is... read more


October 15, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: In a previous blog My Travels and Hollywood I write about going to the Monte Carlo Casino and being struck by how easy it was to think of James Bond movies and, from there, how I realized the extent to which international travel is currently informed by the visual... read more