Les Alpes

I spent last weekend in the Alps with Collin and the other Americans studying in Chambéry for the past trimester.  We had the option of snowboarding but the lack of snow as we pulled into the lodge made our decision not to spend the 40 Euros for the forfait (ticket) much easier.  We spent three days hiking, ice-skating, and getting to know one another.  There is even a gal from Tennessee, going to school at the University of Montana!  It was so wonderful to meet these amazing young ladies emanating 'home'.  I thought, how awesome are these brave young girls, out in ...more

Burma’s Election:   Waiting for Mr. President

In early March 2012, I was near the village of Nampan in Burma, where teak and bamboo houses seem to pose precariously on stilts above placid shallow blue canals, where house cats gaze out over the water from boat ramps, dreaming of trees and birds, where children as young as four use child-size paddles to help steer the family boat.   But in this particular spot, children were running everywhere.  Perhaps they were just excited to be on a large patch of dry land in the generally water-bound world of Inle Lake.  ...more

Magic Kingdom


Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake™” Happy Valentine’s Day! 2-14-12

Expect the unexpected today, and that a fortunate or happy coincidence may be a part of your day!Change is in the air- it almost feels like cabin fever, where it’s emotional; then it’s impatient and unstable.The nature of today’s influence is erratic, and the restlessness can “Push the River” affecting changes dramatically.Opposing Energies: discontentment, trapped, haven’t found one’s true path, obstacles, setbacksRegardless of any discontent, take the time to enjoy your adventure and the new direction this energy takes you....more

Walking to Listen - How a complete stranger on the side of a country road touched my life

Yesterday was a difficult day, or at least it started that way. As I was doing my morning ritual of driving an hour and a half to school, the song I'll Be Seeing You by Billie Holiday started playing. Though the song is on my iPod, and I've heard it many times, this time the words hit me like a ton of bricks. As the sun rose on the horizon, grief's thick, heavy blanket rose with it  and for the rest of the day I was drowning in thoughts of Cleve; first as I drove, then in between classes as I walked to my next destination....more

Cowboys and Aliens and Me

As we sat curled up on the sofa watching Cowboys and Aliens on the laptop, I commented that I just didn't think I'd cut it back in the Wild West days....more
@isthisthemiddle Gee! - I didn't think about that at all. Maybe it can be special ordered from ...more

Travel Adventures in Vietnam

"Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and relatively unaffected by human influence."--UNESCO ...more
Great Pictures. I've always want to go there. Seeing these pictures makes me want to go even ...more

On the subject of my new book: Yes, there's a bit of food thrown in for good measure

Followers of my blog know that my little place in cyberspace is principally about food. You see, I have an undying affection, dare I say a love affair, with cuisine. And why shouldn't I? Like air and water, food is a life sustaining force. Without it, we would perish. So for the things in life that are necessities, I reasoned that I may as well go all out and love 'em with a fervent gusto. Hence, this passionate affliction of sorts that I am all too happy to call my burden....more

NaNeFoMo Bucket List!

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, please join me for NaNeFoMo - National New Food Month!You can grab the button from the sidebar of my blog and I'd be absolutely thrilled if you'd join me! Here's the post that explains things:...more

Beijing to Xian - when train travel loses its romance

As you recall in episode 1, your raconteur found herself stranded on the top bunk of a miniscule train compartment on an overnight train from Beijing to Xian....more