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 cafĂ© 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.