The fourth stop in my trip around the world is Malaysia, landing in Kuala Lumpur. The first thing you need to know is that kuala means ‘confluence of two rivers, estuary’ and lumpur means ‘muddy’. Here I am (in the photo on the right) at the muddy confluence. Note: Everywhere in Asia... read more
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
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
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
Title Photo credit: sick_rabbit via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA This past weekend my son, Gerard, and I went to a most beautiful area of Japan, specifically Azumino City in Nagano Prefecture.
I’m in Japan for two weeks. It’s my second trip to visit my younger son, Gerard, who has lived in Koshien (outside of Osaka) for three and a half years. Here are the top ten things I love about Japanese culture:
(Title photo credit: Morten Brekkevold via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA) I’m in California, the second leg of my trip around the world. My niece, Julia, and her family live in Mill Valley, north of San Francisco. My sister, Carol, and her husband, Phil, live in Carmel Valley, about two and... read more
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.
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
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