On behalf of all sexual assault survivors, I am deeply offended. I get that Hillary Clinton was not a good enough candidate, that the middle class is angry and tired of the status quo, that they demand change and somehow saw the straight talking billionaire talk show host as that glimmer of hope. Obama failedContinue Reading

After returning home from living in China for one and a half years, something we remembered we can get consistently here which we did frequently in the Middle Kingdom are good, inexpensive massages. Not only is the price right ($25 for one hour foot massage or $45 for a one hour table massage) but theContinue Reading

Durian: the King of Fruits   Often after having written and published a blog, I have no idea what to write about for the next one. No idea. Luckily, I am reading a very good book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert where she talks about inspiration to be an artist and having no fear.Continue Reading

I basically stopped sleeping through the night sometime in 2001. It has been 15 years or approximately 5,475 nights. I couldn’t say exactly but I would guess I have not slept through the night about 60% of them, which brings me to a total of 3,285 nights of some kind of sleep interruption. I amContinue Reading

Mexico 2016 At the end of the holiday season Bob asked me if I wanted to have some fun in the sun in Mexico. He always finds a destination that United Airlines flies to and therein contains a Hyatt Hotel. This time he came up with Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula just aContinue Reading

We flew to Hong Kong on the day the Giants won the World Series, Oct 29, 2014. We landed and watched the last inning on Bob’s iPad via the Wifi in the limo taking us to the Hyatt. Upon arrival we found the Reeds staying at our hotel and celebrated quietly until Tom and GayleContinue Reading

Re-entry = hell.  No, living hell. The first 3 weeks I was back from Shanghai, I had a ball. Nothing could have bothered me. I was home and was I ever home. I was home with a vengeance. Family, Mexican food, barbecues, wine, Whole Foods Market, sunshine, driving, radio, cats, our house, garden, friends, bocceContinue Reading

For the second time this year, I joined about 20 people and traveled into rural China with a charity organization called Heart to Heart, an organization which sponsors heart surgeries for needy children. I joined Heart to Heart about a year ago after hearing about my friends who spent most Tuesday mornings knitting sweaters forContinue Reading

Bummer! I hit publish by accident. Here is the rest of Tibet 2015 without long paragraphs complaining about Chinese behavior. Just the facts, ma’am. We were in Lhasa for 3 nights and then were picked up early Friday morning for a trip out further west in Tibet along the Friendship Highway, which goes from LhasaContinue Reading

We knew that July and August were going to be our last months in Asia (for now) so we got going on some trips we both wanted to do. We organized a tour through Country Holidays to go to Tibet and even put the trip ahead so we could get there via train. This ideaContinue Reading