I Give Thanks for the Sea

Have some images from my writing retreat at Ocean City Maryland, from Thanksgiving and the following weekend. There is nothing quite as beautiful as the edge of the world, all water and light. click on any photo to enlarge, you'll get a slide show view

A Sea of Red

I didn't expect to blog about Veteran's Day or Armistice Day, or the 100th anniversary of the War to End All Wars, but the devastatingly beautiful installation "Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red" at  the Tower of London unexpectedly moved me to tears. Artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper created the commemoration, composed of 888,246 …

Culture of Trust

On the radio this morning I heard this story on NPR Morning Edition about the rapidly growing "Sharing Economy." Talking about AirBnB, a web site I have used successfully as a host and guest, I heard this statement: Renting out a home, your home, for the weekend on the Internet to complete strangers is kind of a radical …

Floating in the Garden

I've enjoyed naked swimming before in different settings. There is always a code: Growing up in Michigan skinny dipping always took place at night, since our cottages were crowded together at the river. At the Ithaca reservoir swimming itself was forbidden, so why not dispense with attire? Suited swimmers were greeted with suspicion.

The Bay Area is Amazing

What more can I say? After our long journey across America in all its splendor, California's Bay Area hardly disappoints. Jose's new home is in Pleasant Hill, a dense suburb with rapid transit and all the comforts of American excess. The neighborhoods are more compact, the homes smaller than I'd expect with this level of …