The first few days of our Japan trip was arranged by friend and neighbor Kaori, who kindly went with us to translate because we were meeting relatives who could speak no English. Kaori wanted us to experience the hot springs in the Kumamoto area and arranged for us to stay at a very old and … Continue reading Onsen ♨️
It's almost cherry blossom time in Japan. Did you know that there is a website that tracks sakura blossoms, similar to those that track the fall colors in New England? If you're planning a trip to Japan, you should check it out: Cherry blossom forecast. We were lucky to be there in the spring of 2016. Sakura … Continue reading Sakura
In Cape Town, we drive through neighborhoods with funny Dutch-sounding names like Tamboerskloof and Hout Bay, and capture the brightly colored homes of the Malay district when the sun shines. We walk through the gardens along Government Avenue and past huge posters that say “Thank You Madiba” and learn that Madiba is Mandela's Xhosa … Continue reading Cape Town — Part Two
People ask us why we liked our trip to Antarctica so much. My answer: "We don't know, but everyone loves their trip to Antarctica. You should go." I do know I loved the quiet. And the stillness. And the penguins. And the scenery. Some of the highlights: Ushuaia––a nice little town with wonderful ice cream … Continue reading Memorable Moments in Antarctica
My resolution for 2018: become more proficient at capturing unique photo ops. I can think of several I missed in the past two months, and who knows how many more I was too dense to even realize what I was missing. After Thanksgiving, on a bike ride along the trail through our local park, … Continue reading Happy New Year!
In Split, a local named Bobo and his dog Bennie greet us and show the way as the driver guides our big bus up a winding mountain road, inching around narrow corners in the village without every scraping a building or parked car. On the way, Bobo tells us about the area and about his … Continue reading The Making of Soparnik
I still remember how excited I was when I saw a brown object tumbling in the surf and realized it was a mostly intact shell. We were in Florida for the first time, walking on a beach along the Gulf coast. I caught up with the object, and the thrill of the hunt was on. … Continue reading Shell Souvenirs
This lesson, titled “Precision,” is about editing. Even though we have no pressure of grades in this on-line class, the teacher is quite critical––that's a good thing––and I have tried to do my best. I like to get my money’s worth. Our class of 13 is down to two or three, so I figure the … Continue reading Surviving a Humor Writing Class: a Technology Rant
Today's world presents real worries, but we still need to laugh. I admit, I’m a worrier. Even imagined worries make me happier, because I don’t like surprises. If something bad happens and I’ve been worrying about it, then it’s not a surprise. And if it doesn’t happen, then that’s a good thing and I’m … Continue reading Worries
Our little town––“Town” is part of the name, don't call us a city––moves ahead of the curve in trendy. Much of the wealth comes from the computer, electronics, and social media industries, so it figures that residents here are tech-savvy and stay woke to the latest. I have trouble keeping up with it all. The … Continue reading A Change. No Change.