Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Time of Your Life

A busload of kids chanting, “One more day! One more day! One more day!” You have probably seen the commercial suggesting that one more day of vacation is priceless. It shines a spotlight on that all too common American phenomenon … Continue reading

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Fall in New York

It’s that time of the year again. The crisp cool scent in the air. The reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves. Fall in the north-east is a gift, as if Nature dipped her paintbrush into a golden palette and … Continue reading

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Wodehouse

“George wandered down Shaftesbury Avenue feeling more depressed than ever. The sun had gone in for the time being, and the east wind was frolicking round him like a playful puppy, patting him with a cold paw, nuzzling his ankles, … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, tucked in the hills of northern Thailand, offers a small-town ease that is a welcome respite from the craziness of Bangkok. We started our stay there strolling down the streets, watching monks passing by, taking in a Buddhist … Continue reading

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Headphones

Everyone in New York City wears headphones. (Perhaps they do this all over the country, or all over the world, but I didn’t notice it until I came to live in NYC.) This very normal habit irritates me to no … Continue reading

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Palau

Palau is an underwater paradise that few have heard of. A tiny island in the central Pacific, halfway between Guam and the Philippines — you will probably have to change several flights to get there from most parts of the … Continue reading

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Phoenix, or How We Met

It was the last evening of my trip. Three weeks previously, I had complained to my friend M about another friend having to bail on a planned trip to the Bahamas. She asked me to go with her to Puerto … Continue reading

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Kruger National Park

One of the best known wildlife sanctuaries in Africa is Kruger National Park, near Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa. The drive from Jo’burg to Nelspruit (the gateway to Kruger National Park) is a pleasant one, along broad smooth roads, … Continue reading

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Is Happiness Boring?

I’ve read a fair number of memoirs, essay collections, and so on. Few of them, if any, are happy. Funny, yes. But mostly a darker shade of humor. The bad things that happen to our protagonist (the author) make it … Continue reading

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Slow boat on the Mekong

The water is low. Rocks rear out of the river, telling their story of the varied levels of the river. We are on a two day trip on the fabled Mekong river, from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang in Laos.The … Continue reading

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