Love & Lunacy on the Nile: Girl Power!

I love this Nile River life of feluccas, temples, and interconnecting villages and canals. I love running along the Nile and through the villages. My Egyptian name is Sama. It means "sky." Children run along with me, yelling, "Sama! Sama!" It's a lovely sound and puts a big smile on my face. I look to …

Love & Lunacy on the Nile: Jellabiya Time

A Visit to the Tailor When I was in Egypt at age ten, that would be in 1967, my siblings and I found the clothes men wore to be very funny. They looked like pajamas to us, long striped cotton garments,. Women were covered from head to toe, all in black. In the villages of …

Luxor Life

Today early morning, I run through the village my regular route to the Nile. People cry, "Very good, sport!" with a thumb's up. A boy on a donkey runs beside me for a bit. Past the awakening shops to a place in the shade where sweet Turkish coffee awaits me, along with a breakfast of …

How I Packed Up and Took Off to See the World

Check out the link to my essay on how I freed myself of extra baggage and took off traveling two years ago to find inspiration for my writing. Thank you Amy Oestreicher! "It doesn't matter if I am in a café in Phoenix, wrapped in blankets on a freezing night in the Sahara Desert, or …

For All the Girls on the Schoolyard

Suddenly, instead of the Zombie Apocalypse, I was someplace far worse: bac on the schoolyard with all those entitled boys, and me wanting to join in the games and them pushing me out.

TRAINING DAY…EVERY DAY

Above left are two of my students. Photo on the right,  I am teaching my class at Tarzana Boxing. I love to train on my own. Right now, I'm at Lake Arenal in Costa Rica, writing for one month and I have trained every day. Thirty years ago when I was in the depths of despair I …

GHOULISH WORKOUT AMONG THE TOMBSTONES!

       During my past two visits as a writer to Noepe Center on Martha's Vineyard, and now during my current visit, I have loved working out in the cemetery! I found my perfect spot at the tomb of MacPherson. The stone rise around his tomb is just the right height--so much better than the boring old step …