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Expat Author Interview with Alyson Hilbourne

Alyson Hilbourne Alyson Hilbourne, born in the UK, has lived overseas for twenty-five years and is now into her sixth country, Japan – Yokohama to be precise. She writes short stories, young adult fiction and travel pieces but would love to find the time and the enthusiasm to complete a full-length novel. And she’s a […]

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Free Photo Friday — Nature’s Light

Somewhere in South Dakota. I suppose these are barley fields or wheat–something I can’t eat. The earth is blanched and then seared in the background with a line of green in the middle. It wasn’t possible to get a picture that showed the grandeur of this place. Miles and miles and miles of pale earth. […]

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Thanksgiving and a Pushcart Prize Nomination

When I called my mother this evening to tell her my story “The Shoes, The Girl and the Waves that Washed Them Away” had been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, I expected to interrupt her chopping carrots and whipping sweet potatoes; she was frying sausage. My family was in the middle of a Thanksgiving Breakfast. […]

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London Feeds the 5000

Feeding the 5000Did your mother also compel you to eat your broccoli with the phrase, “There’s a starving child in Africa who would love to eat my [overcooked] broccoli!” Did you know that nearly 35 million people in the US suffer from food poverty? The number in the European Union is actually higher: 43 million. […]

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Food — An I Must Be Off! Retrospective

I love to eat. I would be really sad if I couldn’t eat. I’d also be dead. Over the years, I’ve had the fortune to have little culinary moments. Golden gastronomic flashes. Something about that doesn’t sound quite right, but onward. New Zealand Puno La Esplanade in Sao Paolo Prague Koi Sumoi […]

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Expat Author Interview with Dan Powell

Dan Powell (Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off, try reloading the page. This usually works.) Dan Powell has been publishing regularly, both online and in print journals, since 2009. His story “Half-mown Lawn” won the Yeovil Literary Prize for short fiction in 2010. He’s currently studying for an MA in creative […]

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Free Photo Friday — Lions

Welcome to Free Photo Friday on Sunday at I Must Be Off! where cool cats don’t wear blue jeans. These cats are basically naked. And free. Enjoy them, use them . . . steal them if you want. Who knows when you’ll need a lion pic, right? Why I’m drawn to lion faces, I’ll never […]

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Expat Author Interview with Inka Piegsa-Quischotte

Inka Piegsa-Quischotte alias The Glamour Granny Inka Piegsa-Quischotte is what you might call a ‘dual’ expat. At present, she lives in Turkey and Miami, Florida. She was born in Germany but went to university in Switzerland, the UK and Spain. She’s been travelling her entire life – first with her parents, then on her own. […]

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Mermaids Tail — Gluten-Free

I always have to Google the name of this restaurant on Leicester Square in London. I would like to suggest renaming the restaurant Mermaid’s Tale or simply Mermaid. First of all, all the signs for the restaurant are grammatically incorrect. There should be a possessive apostrophe between the D and S; and second, I find […]

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Free Photo Friday — The Colors of Autumn

Fall. Autumn. The space between summer and winter. Balmy days. And Hallowe’en. Today’s free photos are all taken at the time of year when the colors deepen, the temperatures drop and we all start thinking about what we want for Christmas. Hey, have a photo! Yep, you can have these. They’re not much, but they’re […]

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