Not Just Turkey

  I arrived down the narrow cobblestone street to my severely turquoise hotel after a thirty-five minute ride through every alleyway, construction site, and shortcut from the airport in Istanbul, a city of seventeen million--everyone driving right then! Entering the Kybele (first goddess) Hotel was entering a different era—dozens of bright-colored glass lamps hung from …

Musings of a Voter

If anyone thought that Washington (either side) was working on behalf of the nation, just take a look at the aftermath of Pennsylvania Senator Morino’s withdrawal as the nominee for drug czar. “Nobody knew, they fooled us. I don’t know who contributes to my campaigns,” he stated in his defense. Democrats and Republicans. Shame! It’s …

Cambodian Halloween

In the 1990s Cambodians had never heard of Halloween, much less Halloween American-style. October was for celebrating the Moon Goddess and the Autumn Festival. Occasionally, they got to enjoy the Double Nine ceremony—but not Halloween. Cambodians are a superstitious lot, and you could scare any six- to eighty-year-old into a fright with low-hissing “ewwws” and …

Crossroads

“Needing a time-out from marriage and my career, a do-over, I had volunteered for the United Nations mission. Actually, it wasn't a new idea. In the heady days of my youth, I had been accepted to the Peace Corps after college and assigned to go to Afghanistan but chose, instead, to marry my boyfriend to …