Monthly Archives: November 2015

South Africa

A Tale of Two Cities: Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa, nestled at the base of Table Mountain, is ridiculously scenic. Table Mountain itself looks like someone carved out a section of the Grand Canyon and plonked it down in the middle … Continue reading

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Gratitude

Sunny skies. Bread and Nutella. Spending time with friends. That is what pops up most often on my daily gratitude list. Some days back, a dear friend suggested that we share with each other five things that have made us … Continue reading

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SUP in Tobago

Stand-up paddle boarding has become pretty popular of late. It’s the perfect way to explore rivers or calm seas. (If you are an expert, I suppose you can explore rough seas as well, but this is not me.) Whether we’re … Continue reading

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Meningioma – The Recovery

[This is the third in a 3-part series. If you are the organized type who likes to know what happened from the beginning, you should read about my diagnosis and surgery first.] What they don’t tell you ahead of time about your brain surgery: … Continue reading

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Meningioma – The Surgery

[This post is the second in a 3-part series.] “Julio, Julio, Julio!” The voice penetrated my morphine-induced haze all night long, as if in a nightmare. It turns out that the post-surgical intensive care unit of a neurosurgery ward is not … Continue reading

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Meningioma – The Diagnosis

Dr. A (in a matter-of-fact tone): Your wife has a brain tumor. My husband, Scott: (Aghast silence) Dr. A (continuing matter-of-factly): Would you like some tea? Scott: (More aghast silence) Dr. A (noting Scott’s reaction, slightly irritated): You came to see … Continue reading

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Snorkeling

I am in the crystal waters a couple of miles off the island of Makunudu in the Maldives. The boat that dropped us off will be back later, but for the moment, the two of us are quite alone, armed … Continue reading

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Finding Myself in Easter Island

Imagine sitting on a rocky shore, listening to the crashing waves, pondering the enigma of the giant rock statues in front of you. This is Easter Island, and it is a weird place. I’ve never been here before, and it … Continue reading

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Happy Memories, Part 2

It was the summer vacation of third grade, and I was out with my friends. Our mothers were safely at home, relieved that we had chosen to take our shrieking play outdoors. Running down the sun-warmed streets, little feet flapping … Continue reading

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Hiatus in Haiti

I am aware of the oft-repeated data point that Haiti is “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.” As we took off for Port-Au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, I was primed for poverty. Having been there, I have to say … Continue reading

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