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Report 22: Now this is Borneo

I awake in the jungle to jungle noises. I arrived in Kudat yesterday after a 2+ hour, sometimes prayer-raising drive in a minibus. I have no feel for this town—not even the Ria Hotel where I was to get one last burst of wifi, because Howard comes through the door paging me as my taxi pulls up.

A day full of possibility–may you live it well

Thank you for this period on a stretched and strengthened morning, as I open my savasana eyes, breathe the lilac air and step into the light, wind, gray and sun–alternating–the way of springtime around here. May I live this day well, and you too. It’s a doable challenge, an inspiration to carry folded over and [...]

And now a word from my inner free-range chicken

My “can’t really care” is also not the “How many fucks I’m not going to give” meme that makes the social media rounds. I’m not propounding rebellion and recognizing my own voice—though I applaud that step in time. I’m not embracing my bad habits, defiantly poised against corporate motherhood telling us to eat our broccoli and go to the gym.

Magnificent enough

Suddenly, other parts of me required unfolding and oxygen. I had to explore right here inside, even though visas and maps were tricky to come by. “Magnificent” helped me stretch and circulate blood through numbed extremities and circumvented pathways.

Dear Mr. Malaprop:

I thought I was done with commentary on the world of computer dating for a bit, but then I discovered an old favorite phenomenon. Everything old is new again. Dear Mr. Malaprop: I’ve always enjoyed your Grandma (Great? Great Great? Well of course she’s at least great, whatever the generational aspect.) You can imagine how [...]

PHOTOS from Peru, 2015

Here are my pictures from Peru in April 2015. I was there for 2 weeks, following on 3 wonderful weeks in Ecuador. I spent a week in Cusco-a wonderful city and home base for visiting Inca and Pre-Inca archeological sites like Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, Pikillacta, Tipon, Pisac, Ollantaytambo and ultimately Machu Picchu. Then I headed [...]

PHOTOS from Ecuador

As you can imagine I have lots and lots of photos from my trip to South America and I’ve finally gotten them ready to show. Here are pictures from Ecuador–the first three weeks of my trip: Quito–a beautiful colonial city that reminded me of San Francisco, the Galapagos Islands–a nature paradise and Cuyabena jungle reserve. [...]

Lima Peru–Trip Report 9

After silent and kind service, my breakfast man crumbled under the weight of his loquacious nature and, English be damned, he would know my plans for the day.

Arequipa Peru, Trip Report 8

It has a strange effect—knowing I’ll be on a plane soon and home in two days. That and returning to heat and sun, while not being dressed for it, well, I feel as if I’m done in Arequipa. There’s a letdown in energy. That won’t fly for Lima, however, my next mini-visit. I didn’t need [...]

Cusco and Machu Picchu, Trip Report 7

It’s time for the afternoon rain here, so I’ll try and squeeze my Cusco visit into words. This is a lovely town set in a valley at 11,250 feet elevation and surrounded by tall green Andes peaks. People are friendly and kind, meaning that people regularly stop what they’re doing and try to help me [...]