Auschwitz: There Are No Words

I have explored two fantastic Holocaust Museums – the one in Washington DC and in Cape Town, South Africa.   Visiting them left me unsettled in heavy emotions. However, nothing quite prepared me for a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in Southern Poland.   We visited on a mid-September day – still officially summer on the calendar …

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Profile of a Trump Voter: It Might Surprise You

Conservatively, yet elegantly dressed, not a hair out of place in her slightly-big-Texas hairstyle, wearing too much make up for her naturally beautiful face. That is how I remember modern-day southern belle, Jayne Christianson, when I met her over 3 decades ago sipping sweet tea deep in the heart of East Texas. Me, being a …

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Cuba’s Rich Backdrop: A Photo Essay

I adored my photography class junior and senior years of high school. What made the experience so incredible? Perhaps it was my quintessentially cool teacher, Mr. Colombe (insert high school girl crush here). Perhaps it was the hours of darkroom freedom I was granted to experiment with this art form. Regardless of the reasons, it …

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Expat vs. Immigrant: Terminology Test

I recently shared on social media an article I wrote for International Living Magazine. As far as I could see, it was certainly innocuous in its presentation –  detailing one of the smaller beach communities along the NW Pacific coast of Costa Rica.  In it, I described the close-knit expat community in a very positive …

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Reminiscing about “Dad” on Father’s Day

Seeing everyone’s father’s day posts still stabs me in the heart. My Father, Ace – as he was nicknamed, died 12 years ago, a couple of weeks before that special holiday celebrating dads.  I was angry that cancer and Parkinson’s took him away too soon – leaving me anguished and wiser.  It is no pleasure …

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Chile and the “Third World”: It’s Tricky

I have been uploading photos to my social media pages daily while on an epic journey through South America.  You know; the drill we all perform on vacation if we are active social media consumers – posting humorous or artistic photos, signs lost in translation, landscapes, architecture, and food – basically giving our followers a …

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The A-Ha Wine Tasting Moment: Casablanca, Chile

I have been fortunate to travel and sample wine in many world-famous regions of the five biggest wine-producing continents. This article is not about bragging – this is about me believing I was some sort of wine connoisseur. Assuming that liking the taste of wine and drinking it often means one knows how to actually …

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