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 toContinue reading “Love & Lunacy on the Nile: Girl Power!”

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 ofContinue reading “Love & Lunacy on the Nile: Jellabiya Time”

Love on the Nile

    Two nights ago I got married. It happened on this felucca on the Nile with the moon overhead and the lights of Luxor Temple shimmering on the water. It was the most romantic and also the most fun night of my life. In a moment of reflection, I looked across to Farouk’s WinterContinue reading “Love on the Nile”

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 ofContinue reading “Luxor Life”

Luxor East & West

The sights, sounds and colors of Luxor, east and west.

Egypt at Last

Wednesday I return to Egypt for two months to continue work on my childhood memoir INTO THE WORLD and to start on Throne of Desire, fifth book in the Night Angels Chronicles series. This is a photo of my parents in Egypt, June 1967, shortly before the 6 Day War. How well I remember this!Continue reading “Egypt at Last”

Land of Talismans: Dante’s Story

While I await the arrival of my grandson, I write Land of Talismans, #4 in the Night Angels Chronicles. These books have been inspired by my travels all over the world. This excerpt tells us more about the rebel Dante, a Yazidi by human birth. He takes Sera to Potosi in Bolivia to show herContinue reading “Land of Talismans: Dante’s Story”

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, orContinue reading “How I Packed Up and Took Off to See the World”

INTO 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-readContinue reading “INTO THE WORLD”

A Beautiful Journey and Remembering Casey Cohen

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 andContinue reading “A Beautiful Journey and Remembering Casey Cohen”