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The Quiet American

“I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused.”

I really loved Graham Greene’s The Quiet American even though the tone and the main character so differed from favorites like Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet or Gaskell’s Margaret Hale or any 19th century novel that I treasure. 317 more words

Expat Life

Four Places the Kids will Love

Things for kids to do in Dubai

Ski Dubai:

As bizarre as it may sound, this desert city does indeed have a ski slope. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai boasts a massive 22,500m2 indoor skiing area, including the first indoor black ski run in the world. 287 more words


Relax 2: The Daily Post Photo Challenge

  • Whether through meditation, a quiet walk, a day at the beach, or whatever else, we all need to find a way to unwind, rest, and put ourselves at ease.
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Relaxed in an endless autumn.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the keyboard lately, working on my carnival novel. (It’s still going well!)  Today, though, I took a break so that I could spend the afternoon with my (adult) kids. 321 more words

Photos & Video


I don’t want to lose this feeling. I thought as the seconds pass by. The sensation of feeling unbelievable. The rush of emotions.  Being completely in control it’s as if the universe is at my fingertips. 127 more words


I woke up feeling grateful… not only for those who are loving, kind and generous… but also for those who taught me a lesson and made me stronger. 50 more words