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12 May

Provence: A Timeless Region

Provence in the Spring and Fall are magical times. Before the tourists arrive in full force, it still moves at its own pace.  I have been visiting...

27 Apr

Les Sources de Caudalie

A family-owned 5* inn, Les Sources de Caudalie, is located just outside of Bordeaux among the in the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte....

26 Apr

Meditations #89

We can travel through art — deep into the landscape of a Renaissance master, gracefully along the curve of a calligrapher’s hand,...

31 Mar

Meditations #88

Africa is much more than a geographical expression. What binds this ancient continent’s vastly disparate peoples is a world view rooted in...

23 Feb

Meditations #87

There may be a creeping sameness to the world, but just beneath the monotony lie cultures painted with their own colors and styles. In each...

22 Dec

Meditations #86

There are places, just as there are hosts, who receive you just as you are, asking nothing more than an inquiring mind and a gentle spirit. Bring...

22 Nov

Meditations #85

The child carries his culture, with all its memories, stories and aspirations, on his narrow shoulders.  It is a burden that requires seriousness...

19 Nov

Grief Absolved

     On July 6, my beloved Oliver died.  We had nearly 14 years together, years that coincided with my empty nest, years in which...

28 Oct

Meditations #84

She tangled with ghost nets and lost her flipper.  The pain we cause to other creatures, through thoughtlessness and arrogance, is tragic. When...

13 Oct

The Maldives

  Gililankanfushi With 26 atolls and over 11oo islands, the Maldives scatter across the Indian Ocean like cabochon gems flung upon a blue...

14 Sep

Bountiful, Beautiful Bamboo

Honda Shoryu, Timber bamboo and rattan, 2000 There is a period missing in the timeline of human development, that of the Bamboo Age. Bamboo’s...

3 Sep

Meditations #83

      Mankind has opted for monoculture, a desert of boredom. We travel to escape – vertically up a mountain or into the seas’...

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