Christmas Came Early this Year!

            Yesterday was a hard day for writing after coming down from my "creative high." Having pushed several projects forward, the inevitable plummeting into a slump had to do with the unpleasant stuff: paying the bills, finishing manuscript edits, and sending for use permission—all tedious and uncreative. By afternoon, I was depressed. Add to this, mismanagement …

The Glass of Refreshment

            Going public through blogging is far more difficult than imagined. I have not posted for over a week and struggle to decide what to share. I rationalize that life goes into closets at times, when one seeks retreating from public viewing. Like the intermittent pooling of a rushing mountain stream, I draw away from …

Filling Big Shoes

           When my two children were young, they used to shuffle around the floor in their father's shoes. Shuffle being the appropriate word for the only forward movement made was by sliding slowly in short jerky motions. Lifting up their tiny feet and trying to step resulted in coming right out of those big shoes. …

Dinner Anyone?

Elya's Cambodian Adventure   I thought this excerpt from my daughter Elya's email would be interesting to pass on to those following the story. Her reflections of Battambang, Cambodia are priceless and take away my self-pity resulting from having her so far away. After reading the email, I went to teach those "spoiled American students." What …

What more could any mother want?

What more could any mother want?               Yesterday afternoon around 4:00 pm the phone call finally came:             "Mom, can your hear me? Can you hear me? Can you hear me?"             Skype calls from long distances tend to echo. The call was broken and scratchy but I was able to extract all of …

Catch Up

  Elya's previous Asian Travels Catch Up              This morning I awoke with a massive "Parental Hangover." The throbbing began in my shoulders and radiated up through my skull. The last couple of weeks preparing for and then experiencing my daughter's departure overseas proved more challenging than anticipated.             Today I'm going to climb back …

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