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 […]Read More Love & Lunacy on the Nile: Jellabiya Time
The sights, sounds and colors of Luxor, east and west.Read More Luxor East & West
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 […]Read More How I Packed Up and Took Off to See the World
My World Project New Millennium Writings When I was awarded the New Millennium Writings Nonfiction Award for Reflections from Istanbul, an excerpt from my childhood memoir INTO THE WORLD, I was asked to write an introduction, something about my motivation and approach to writing. I recently received the print edition of the anthology and I re-read […]Read More INTO THE WORLD
I have never, quite honestly, cared much about money or possessions or having a permanent home. My books, however, have been with me for over thirty years, a few more than fifty. These Eskrima sticks have been with me close to twenty years. Other sticks have come and gone. But these I have wrapped and […]Read More A Beautiful Journey and Remembering Casey Cohen
As writers and artists we have unique opportunities to change the world. Check out my article in Night Owl Reviews about the win-win opportunities of social activism. How Social Activism can Inspire and Promote Your Writing–All while Turning You Into a Better PersonRead More How Social Activism can Inspire and Promote Your Writing–All while Turning You into a Better Person
Students in China Made to Take Exams Outdoors in Toxic Smog I am teaching English online to kids and adults in China. This is proving to be an enlightening experience and my students are delightful. I love nothing more than finding out about a new culture and meeting new people. Funny how the differences remind […]Read More We Are All The Same, and Thankfully, Different
Inspiring view from my balcony, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica. It is my opinion, as an artist, that we do not have a responsibility to society. We are not answerable to anyone other than ourselves. As artists our struggle is to be true to our own voices, not some else’s. An artist shouldn’t feel a burden or […]Read More Do Artists have a Responsibility to Society?