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Hainan Island, Part One, the Journey

Haikou City. Posters for sale, used for decorating the house for New Years

The most remote and exotic phrase of my growing up years was “The Gulf of Tonkin.” It was also a little scary. 1,152 more words


In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey To Freedom - Yeonmi Park with Maryanne Vollers

What’s it all about?:

Human rights activist Park, who fled North Korea with her mother in 2007 at age 13 and eventually made it to South Korea two years later after a harrowing ordeal, recognized that in order to be “completely free,” she had to confront the truth of her past. 1,125 more words

Book Reviews

Cooking? Just say "meh"

I cooked my first meal for my family when I was seven. At 37 I realized I’d had that career for 30 years and I have been semi-retired since then. 142 more words


Is it too soon to plan #SummerVacation ?

I asked this question on Instagram, and the answer is “NO!”  (I know that was a real cliff hanger…) 😀

Scrolling through my phone photos the other day, I came across this one of the seagull. 315 more words


The Storyteller

During prep for a recent medical procedure, gowned and lying on a bed in the hospital surgical center, I listened as the attending nurse told me the side effects of the sedatives. 508 more words

Violet Carr Moore


It was the last wheezing breath I heard from my mother that made me accept how little control I really have in this life. My desperate attempt to believe she wouldn’t die was still not enough for me to keep her. 270 more words

25 days of joy, constraint, & my holiday brain: Day nine.

I got the window seat at the coffee shop on a snowy day…

Bite me, Mrs. Murphy!

Instead of doing what I “should” be doing, I’m looking at snow. 857 more words