Gluten-free through Southeast Asia?

I had such good intentions. I was going to print off dietary-requirements cards available free from Celiac Travel to use on our trip through Singapore, Thailand and Bali. I was going to buy a bottle of gluten-free soy sauce. In essence, I was going to turn over several new leaves: I was actually going to […]

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From the Top of Singapore

The Pool at the Skypark atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel __________________________ I’m writing this post while my laptop imports the pictures from our trip to Singapore, Thailand and Bali (with an unexpected detour to Kuala Lumpur), and I’m sure I’ll be done with this post before the import is done. Even after I deleted […]

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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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My Year in Photos

This picture was actually taken in 2009 at a Christmas market in Alsace, France–one of my favorite places on earth. Every little village in Alsace is more Hänsel-und-Gretel than the one before it. If you’re planning a trip to Alsace, don’t miss Eguisheim, the birthplaceof Pope Leo IX.Winetasting is great fun in Alsace, and it’s […]

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Three Christmas Wishes

May our holidays burst with laughter and great times with family and friends. May our Christmas trees not explode. May we have the wisdom to understand that we are small compared to purple Christmas trees (and things like love and hope and all that). May we have the balls to change what is holding us […]

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My Year in Stories

Looking back at these storiesgives me a sense of self or better selves, of how I saw my world and how I wrote little worlds into being. My life as a writer is torn is so many directions. When I look at these stories, I’m challenged to find a single voice. Maybe I don’t have […]

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Taksi or Fright?

Fright number 89, Asia Air to Phuket boarding at gate number 66.I looked around at the Chinese travellers around me. They were too busy clamouring over trinkets and sweets to hear the humour in the announcement. They wouldn’t have noticed it anyway. Such things are for Anglo-ears only.“Fright 89,” I said to myself and laughed—because […]

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