Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Last Day of the Year

Human beings have a need to mark the passage of time. In spite of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and the consequent proof that time is not an absolute, for those of us on earth, living at earth-pace, the passing of … Continue reading

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Turtles and Turquoise Waters

The Grenadines are a group of small islands that make up the “afterthought” of the Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This is one part of the world where it would be really fun to have your own … Continue reading

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Reflections by the beach

Being on an island, or being at the beach, connects you very strongly to your senses. You look at the blue, hear the waves, smell the water, taste the salt, feel the wind.

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Happy Memories, Part 4

The first time I saw snow, I was 22 years old.  I grew up in a tropical country on a diet of English stories. I read about making snowmen and snow angels, about snowball fights, about snowstorms that blocked roads, … Continue reading

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Java

We left on a train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta (also known as Jogja), the gateway to Borobudur. The train goes through rice fields, with volcanos towering in the distance. I recognized many of the trees — mango, banana, coconut, peepul. … Continue reading

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Anxiety

There is a distinct difference between anxiety and fear. I recently brought up my feelings of anxiety to my psychiatrist, and he recommended the learned tome, “Anxious”, by Joseph Le Doux. My psychiatrist has the style of a lecturer in a … Continue reading

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Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a quiet place, bordering South Africa and Mozambique — a place that most people never hear of. It is mostly rural, and has some beautiful scenery. We stayed in the Ezulwini valley, surrounded by hills on … Continue reading

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Marbles

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me is Ellen Forney’s graphic memoir about her struggle with bipolar disorder.  A graphic novel is a brilliant way to deal with this subject, because words, even words in the hands of a gifted writer, … Continue reading

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4 Must-Have Experiences in Bali

1. Sacred Monkey forest in Ubud, with Balinese long tailed macaques everywhere. They jump on your shoulders or head, and depending on your temperament, either freak you out, or make a great photo op! Imagine a gurgling brook with mini waterfalls, … Continue reading

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Happy Memories, Part 3

In the background, I hear the insistent drumbeat of raindrops outside the window. It is a summer afternoon in Calcutta. The stifling heat of the morning has given rise to the “kal-boishakhi” — seasonal downpour — of the afternoon. It … Continue reading

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