Yearly Archives: 2022

Whirling Dervish

Turkey.  Sufism is an order of Islam founded by the Turkish theologian Rūmī in the thirteenth century. When I was in Turkey in 2009, I was lucky enough to attend a service.  The congregation was super gracious.  I recall music and

Posted in World Glimpses

That Christmas Tree

Circa 1972. After sharing in the complimentary hot chocolate, my parents and I were soon walking on a narrow, shoveled path toward a tree grove. With a foot of snow on the ground, we were in a winter wonderland as

Posted in Uncategorized

Gifts for Travelers

Reprinted from 2017 “Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts.” —Ovid What to give the traveler? Check out these 25 gift ideas: Portable Battery Charger Travel cork screw (light and easy

Posted in Travel Know How

Fifth Avenue NYC in December

Reprint from December 2015. New  York City.  Each year when I was growing up, my parents and I, and sometimes an aunt, would take a bus trip to see the Christmas lights along Fifth Avenue. This bus trip was organized

Posted in Thinking Travel


In northern Ghana, in the East Gonja District, sits the City of Salaga. Upon disembarking from the ferry and traversing the bank, I came to a fast-moving town. Beyond the rotary below, was a busy market place.  Some merchants sold from

Posted in World Glimpses