Appreciating The Layers of My Life

November 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

I was reading through the journal entries for July, 2008, four months ago, when I was right in the middle of trying to publish my book and to start my two blogs.  The next trip was only a vague idea in the earliest stages.  Now, so much has been finished and I’m within a month of departure on a well-conceived new trip.  Here’s what I had to say:

(07-21-08) Yesterday, I freed up my workload a little bit by popping the manuscript back to Lynn, my copyeditor. At four, I went to the beach for a very long walk, almost to the end of Caladesi, so that was good and needed for exercise. During that walk, I reviewed all of the gradual levels of the creation of these things that I’m bringing into the Realm of Tangibility.  I began my thinking way back at the  beginning of this project’s origins:  my travels to the USSR in the 1990s, which stemmed from the job I had in 1989, with US/USSR Initiatives, twenty years ago, next year. That Soviet travel set the tone for my present love of ranging about in the lesser-known places and it too, had the quality of something tangible formed out of nothing . That was not my own inventive work. I was just in on it.

Then, around the year 2000, I took some shorter trips to Hungary, Romania, Croatia, and Central America, after having already done some exploring in Mexico and in New York City. But, if I hadn’t come up with the idea (and succeeded at it) of the latest Around-The-World journey, there would have been nothing to write a book about.

Without the book, being produced in this new and labor-intensive way, there would be nothing to blog about in my two new blogs. And, without my age being what it is and getting “ageier” all along, there would be no angle or curiosity about what I do, so no hook to distinguish this from all the other travel stories – and no Social Security to make it happen.

So, I was appreciating the Layers of Life, and how the foundations are formed for a permanent structure. Soon, this intense production period will be passed and a finished book will result. It will be a hard copy, a tangible evidence of something that didn’t exist until I performed it, wrote about it, and produced it. Then, as the present becomes the past and inevitably swallows up that accomplishment, the book will serve as a new foundation for future ventures, giving me more license and credibility than I had before.

These are the slow, deliberate steps of creation which living on a planet in the material plane requires. These are the slow, deliberate steps that making a baby requires. Then soon, there results a physical evidence – a book or a baby – to live on, and to which others can relate.

There is no reason, as long as I have my health and strength, that I can’t just keep on building upon this ever-strengthening foundation well into the future, becoming more and more unique as I age. All because I set about doing it a long time back. There is really no such thing as simply waking up one day and creating something full-blown without the foundation being laid.

Oh, probably people are thrust accidentally into the spotlight or they are suddenly “discovered,” but if they manage to stay there, it’s because they happen to have been prepared for it.

Shall I Perform Chiropractic On The South American Continent?

November 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve had a glimmer of an idea about my approach to this exploration of the Continent of South America!  Why didn’t I see this before?  If ever there was a true spinal column among the landmasses of the world, this one continent stands out from all the rest.  Take a look at any Physical/Topographical page in an Atlas and you will see long mountainous spines here and there.  Many are small and run almost horizontally to the globe; some rise up from other elevated portions in a not-so-clear spinal statement.  The North American spine is hugely thick: beginning in Alaska, culminating in the Rocky Mountains, and ending in a small squiggle at the Panama Canal.

But, oh my goodness, the Cordillera de Los Andes is the most human-looking, hunch-backed spine you will find on this planet.  Well now…..how tempting is that?  I shall start at the top in the soul box, (that little bump at the bottom of your neck and the top of your backbone,) which I figure is either Cartegena, Columbia, or Caracas, Venezuela, and I shall wander on down the Andes to the tip end of the spine, maybe as far down as Ushuaia, if I can get that far.   Then, I will fly home from either Santiago, Chile, or Buenos Aires, Argentina, depending upon the advice of a ticketing agent I’m now working with.

When I reviewed my previous travels, with this cronky thought in mind, I learned that, again and again, I have unconsciously done this on so many world spinal columns, albeit the smaller, less obvious ones.  I have started at the top and worked my way down.   For instance, on my recent RTW, I started in Ljubljana, Slovenia, which marks the top of the Dinaric Alps, flowing down the Dalmation Coastline of Croatia to Athens, Greece; and I’ve gone from  Mumbai, India, to Mysore along a spinal-looking ridge I hadn’t even noticed till just now.  And why did I decide to go and live for two months in Fairbanks, Alaska, of all places and later in Aspen, Colorado for nine years?  They are the soul box and waistline of North America, which I later finished by traveling to the tip end at the Panama Canal.  See what I mean?  Studying my Atlas today, I see that there are many other hidden spines, some of which  I’ve also made my way along; never even thinking of the potential for critical adjustment that my feet might be missing the opportunity to make.

So now, when faced with the Mother of all Planetary Spines, how can I not tread those Spanish-speaking vertebrae in a deliberate fashion.  In fact, in preparation, I shall obtain a chiropractic map of the spine and carefully grid my enormous new map, so that I know exactly which continental nerves run where and mean what.  Then when I’m in the various cities, I shall stomp hard and deliberately on the sidewalks and roadways and dance barefoot on the shower stall floors, and maybe, even on the dance floors in high heels, all with the plan of making healing adjustments to a really big chunk of the world.

This sort of thinking is what adds an element of off-the-wall fun to an ordinary day of traveling…and which makes sobersided people look at me strangely.  “Fiddlesticks!” is my reply to them!  It sure can’t hurt and it helps me decide where to go within a collection of countries too large to cover them all in a mere four month’s time.

So now, let’s see if I can get air tickets that allow me to become the chiropractor to the world.  This must be why I’ve been getting back alignments all year in order to prepare for this trip.  Little did I know that it all had a deeper meaning.   Little did I know that I was learning the Chiropractic Arts from the ground-side up!

My Days Are Numbered And I’m Nervous

November 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes, my days are numbered and I’m running out of time…but not in the way you would suppose when a Senior Citizen makes such an announcement.  My time pressure is all artificially-induced, at any rate.  The thing is, I plan to leave in early January, 2009, on my next big exploration, and all I know at this moment is that I’ve chosen the continent of South America to bop around in, rather than the entire Southern Hemisphere.

It would actually be much easier if I had just decided to go all the way around and booked a string of one-way tickets like I did back in 2005 when I went around the upper half of the globe.  Sitting at my table with maps, I picked out likely cities as entry and exit points, and then I let the chips fall where they may.  It worked fairly well, though I did have to re-arrange a few flights, as well as spend big bucks to get to my take-off airport at least once, when I got down deep in Southern Turkey and needed to get to Athens so that I could fly to Cairo.  The ferries I’d counted on had stopped running a few weeks before, so I had no choice but to fly on two expensive, last-minute bookings.

Now, I’m still dithering about which country to begin my journey in and whether to go “open jaws” instead of round trip.  It’s such a huge landmass and I don’t want to miss anything, but at this point, I’m beginning to counsel myself to take it easy and not bite off too much.  Shall I enter in Columbia, which someone has recently raved about, and then take on Ecuador, Peru and Chile?  Or shall I hop onto a cruise ship going around the horn from Santiago, Chile to Buenas Aires, Argentina, offering the trip at 75% off?  That would mean skipping all of those interesting sites farther north.

Brazil is rapidly falling off my list for this trip because they have sticky visa requirements for U.S. citizens.  We must have angered their government by charging $130 for Brazilians to enter the U.S., so they are, quite understandably, soaking us for the same amount when we come to their country.  They charge other nationals $35 and $40 and some don’t need any.  Americans now can feel some of the border injustice that we so cavalierly dole out.  My problem is that I don’t have time, at this late date, to send off my passport and application to our Brazilian Embassy, as it can take as long as six weeks and it must be obtained before one enters South America.  I was planning to apply in Argentina, like I got my India visa in Egypt, but that doesn’t cut the mustard in this case.  So, it looks as if me and Brazil are not going to get cozy on this trip.

I owe all this knowledge to our local Book Club.  Someone mentioned that Brazil required a visa during our chat period after they reviewed my book.  That country was still unstudied by me, since it was to be late in the trip.  Now I know not even to swing that far around.  Oh well, if I live long enough and the “crick don’t rise…” maybe I’ll get there another day, as it’s a fine and fantastic country.  Luckily, all other South American countries either don’t require a visa or will sell me one at the border.

Travelers have so many flight options these days…really information overload…and I’m learning that often you have to plug in all of your sensitive credit card data to some travel site or other, before you definitively find out whether that seat is actually available.  (See my previous tale of woe about Spirit Airlines.)  And yet, Spirit’s flights always pop up as the most attractive.  Not just because they are the cheapest (so says the listing, anyway) but because they fly in a southward fashion all the way along and don’t require one to fly far north to Newark, New Jersey, before heading back south.  Though I might eventually wind up doing it, something inside of me simply rebels at the inanity of it.  Inane as far as every single factor known to man in this era of carbon footprint sensitivity, to say nothing of simple body wear and tear.

I’m also working with a very nice guy named Lucas at Exito Travel, which is what you get when you dial the number for Multi-Stop South America, 1-877-788-1311, who has been very patient through my changing itinerary ideas.  Heck, I was ready to just go in on a one-way ticket and then see where I wound up when it was time to leave and purchase another one-way home over the internet, but Lucas reminded me of a fact that I had read and forgotten.  Most countries won’t let you in if you don’t have a return flight home to prove that you aren’t planning to land on them permanently.  Those are things that these do-it-yourself sites don’t tell you.

So, my days are numbered and I’m nervous, but I think that probably happens every time, until I can actually visualize something concrete about this most amorphous traveling style of mine.

Did I Just Get “Bait & Switched?”

November 18, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

I THINK I have been through a bait & switch gambit in trying to buy my air ticket to Peru, but in today’s airfare scene, I’m not sure.  Maybe, it simply represents the sonic speed with which fares either change or get snapped up.  I’ll give Spirit Air the benefit of the doubt, but here are the details of my experience:

Last week, while in Denver, I received one of the BootsnAll Cheap Ticket Watch newsletters and decided to price round-trip tickets between Tampa, Florida and Lima, Peru.  Ooooo!  Here’s one for $450!  Wow!  And it was more direct than most, flying in a logical manner south to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and on to South America instead of taking me all the way up to Newark, New Jersey and back down the length of the country to finally head way south to Peru.  Unbelievably, that’s the most common routing.

Anyway, I tried to buy it, only to get the information after I had entered all my credit card data, that those seats were sold out.  Did I want a much more expensive one?  NO!  So, I backed out of that transaction. 

Two days ago, through the same Boots newsletter, I tried again and Wow, oh Wow!  Here’s one for Spirit Air for only $307 on both the Cheapo and the One Travel Booking site.  I went with One Travel.  Gee, lucky the last one didn’t work out, maybe I can snag this one.  Everything was good, including a sane departure hour in the morning – 8:45 a.m.  This time, it looked as if the ticket went through as my credit card data was accepted and I had my ticket information to print out…though I noticed later that the base charge was $370, not $307 as had been shown on the original information page.  With airport fees added, it all came to $515, which was still a good buy.

That night, I was awakened from a sound sleep at 11:30 p.m., by a One Travel employee, telling me that there were no seats at that price.  Were my dates and flight times flexible?  Well, yes.  So, I sleepily stayed on the phone for a very long time while he surfed Spirit Air’s schedule trying to find a seat at that price.  I heard him mumble “2 a.m. departure” and also, $700, both of which I quickly vetoed.  He concluded the call saying he had to talk to his superior and could he call me tomorrow?  Okay.  I returned to bed but had great trouble slipping back into that nice deep sleep.  Thanks Buddy!

Yesterday, I noticed through online banking that the original amount was now On Hold in my bank account.  Still good to go!  But, later, I found an email waiting for me saying that there was a mistake and my ticketing had not gone through, as the fellow said.  I never heard from him again, but called and talked to somebody else, who confirmed that Spirit Air did NOT have any seats at that price, but for an additional $100, I could buy that ticket with them. 

After the similar experience of the previous week, the words Bait & Switch were resounding in my mind.  However, I liked the route, time and date and authorized the increase just to get the thing settled, so that I would have my tickets at $633, which included trip insurance.  It was still a good price but all day I regretted having rewarded that practice by going ahead with it.

Ha!  Today, I found an email from One Travel saying that my debit card didn’t go through for that second ticket.  Well, there was money in my bank, but I think the problem was their own Hold on the previous funds of more than five hundred dollars for the first ticket.    A second dip-in would have clanked.  I was actually relieved and, right away, called the number given and happily cancelled the whole transaction.   Now, I am ticketless again, or still, but next I plan to call the airlines that Donovan suggested in the first place – Multi-stop South America at 1-877-768-1311 and see what they have to offer.  I’d forgotten that suggestion but have now found it scratched on the cover of my South America on a Shoestring Lonely Planet book.  Hopefully, I’m still far enough out to get a good price.

Please understand that BootsnAll had nothing to do with this pricing tactic and I’m sure that One Travel is innocent too.  It must be Spirit Air’s way of getting themselves on the top listing to come up, and even their added-onto price is not that expensive.  But I feel very baited after this has happened twice.   Maybe, I’ll wind up cooperating with the game if everybody else insists on sending me through Newark or Houston at a higher price for the privilege but I hope I can avoid encouraging that practice.

Today, I put in the hours at the Health Department to get my innoculations up to date.  I only needed a typhoid shot as those only last for two years.  Next, I must get my malaria prescription.  Last night, I had a delightful meeting with a local book club that had studied my new book over the past month.  Tomorrow night, I will give a speech at the Dunedin Public Library, so things are very active around here, travelwise.

Back In The Saddle Again For A Few Weeks

November 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

A few days ago, I returned from my visit to Denver, Colorado, and my daughter’s home after a good visit.  Fall was definitely in the air with lower temperatures and a very gusty wind, but still a few of the gorgeous yellow and red leaves were on the trees and I loved being back in my favorite State in this country.  Life moved rapidly there with my two grandchildren to keep me busy and I thought nothing at all about blogging.   I did, however, get a little closer to my South American takeoff when we went, as a family, to the flagship REI store there.  As an early Christmas present, they bought me a personally-fitted, 65-litre women’s REI backpack which should be much easier to manage than the huge 85-litre pack I traveled with on my last RTW trip, snatched off a shelf in a Prague sporting goods store. 

I then shopped for things to fill it, and came away with classy black silk long underwear; a sun and bug-repellent white, long-sleeved shirt; Rain jacket and rain pants that fit into their own small stuff sack; socks; Amazon jungle hat; fleece overshirt; gloves and a knit cap.  I’m now well outfitted as I only plan to take the essentials.  Though January is summer time in the Southern Hemisphere, it will still be cold in parts of the Andes, so I have to plan for two seasons.

If you are ever in Denver, the headquarter REI store makes a surprisingly interesting spot to visit.  Right downtown, it’s surrounded by river trails and parks.  Inside of the rustic, open, three-story building is a climbing wall, a Starbucks, and mezzanines with departments selling every sort of outdoor equipment.  They always have lots of things on sale.  One gadget that I might wish I’d fallen for is an ultra-violet water purifier that you just stick into your cup for a moment and all the bacteria obligingly dies.  It was $99 and my daughter talked me out of it, but it was small and portable and made sense to me.  I’m still considering it.

So, now I’m back home.  The house is restocked with groceries, the laundry is done, some yardwork has been initiated to plant the patio hanging ferns in the ground so they’ll survive four months of no one to water them, and I finally address the urgent matters of book and blog.  After six weeks of watching Amazon.com for the arrival of my book and seeing nothing, I finally inquired of my printers, Lightning Source.  It seems that the proper forms had not been filled out and submitted.  Woops!  After signing contracts for the US and UK and faxing them in, I’m hoping that my book is, at last, in the lineup for online sales over Amazon.com.  Unfortunately, this means another four to six week delay and it’s not likely to appear until the end of the year.

Sigh!  If I’d been a real hotshot about publicity, as I’d originally hoped to be, it would have been somewhat wasted as this blog remains the only national source for the book, so far.  Ah well, when I return from this next junket, I’ll try again and have even more to talk about, so that’s okay.  I’m easy!   From now until about January 7th, when I hope to fly to Lima, Peru, this blog will detail my preparations for my four-month exploration of the South American continent, since I have decided that four months is not a long enough period to attempt another around-the-world circle of the globe.  It’s going to be a slower and more thorough examination of those lands down there, working my way around those large continents, piecemeal, as I find that I can leave my home responsibilities behind for awhile.  Eventually, I will have it sewn up in the same way as the easier northern half.  Like I say, I’m easy!

Next Trip, Coming Up!

November 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

I am on the eve of a Take-off.  Well, tomorrow is my last day at home and then I must leave for the airport before 6 a.m. on Monday morning.  And yes, this is also a solo flight, as far as that goes.  I am heading to Denver, Colorado, for a visit with my darling family.  My daughter and son-in-law, and two wonderful grandchildren who live there, now much closer than when they resided for five years in Northern Ireland.

Even so, being in the same country again has not increased our visiting time.  It’s been a year-and-a-half since I traveled to Colorado and almost seven months since they came here.  So, the Big World Traveler has been a stay-at-home for quite awhile, mainly because my son needs me to be nearby as his lifelong disability makes it impossible for him to live alone.  Though he managed well during my year away, now, a week gone is about all I think is fair to ask of him these days. That’s why my upcoming assault on the Southern Hemisphere is to be only four months long.  Our snowbird neighbors will be nearby and they can help him and cover for me while I’m away.

Speaking of that trip, my dining room table is full of maps and guidebooks as I pore over them trying to figure out in advance the best way to tackle that continent.  Some countries sing to me and others don’t.  That’s how the proposed route shapes up in my head while I decide where to go.  I’m in the plate-spinning stages right now, juggling the question of airline tickets, booster inoculations, new and more-appropriate (ie: fitted to my body, not snatched off the shelf) backpack; lightweight travel clothing snapped up from thrift shop racks; starter money supply, dentist appointments, medical check-ups, and whatever else my list will acquire.

Meanwhile, my high expectations on book and blog popularity are not exactly panning out…partly because I am deciding that they are not at the center of my universe and time will ripen us all to a much more attractive bloom.  The book still hasn’t shown up on the Amazon.com lists, but I am assured that it is still wending its way through their system.  Until that happens, the press releases that I send out look a little hollow.  Some have borne fruit anyway as the TV interview here will show, and others have probably become lost in the pre-election hullaballoo.  I will keep trying, but nowadays, I realize that I might be already busy on my next big trip by the time any big interviews or speaking engagements wish to land upon my calendar.

Things always work out for the best, and the other day, I thought up the best slogan for me these days:  “This Hippy-come-lately isn’t really looking for fame, fortune, and a new career as an Author/Speaker.” I’m still into the easy-going, laidback life of a world traveler.  As well as being the best Mother/Grandmother/Journal Writer/True Philosopher/Happy Human Being that I have time to be!

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What Did I Finally Wind Up Saying In Revealing My Private Life?
Life Rocks…And So Do These Books!
Finding Fellow Travelers From My Hammock
Creator, Creator, Creator! Create! Evidence of A Praying Bird?
A Quote From My New Book – “Two Possible Questions Behind Creation”
An Upper Realm Opinion About Big Business And Corporations
Do Animals Pray?
I’m Dabbling Happily In Other People’s Lives
What Is The Secret Behind Your Dreams?
What Are The Psychological Obstructions To Traveling Freely?
Have You Ever Been To Lilliput?
Our Planet Is Wounded. Or Is She Fighting Back? Something Has Burst On Her Surface.
The Day The Earth Farted, The World Stood Still! or Deepwater Is In Deep Doo-Doo!
Okay! I’m Tired Of Being A Linear Person, Already!
Another Exciting Travel Prospect Looms – To Another Dimension!
Now I Am A Published Author…Times Two!
Big, Beautiful Boxes Of Books!
Chiropractic Treatments From Way Off In The Pacific Ocean – On My Florida Body
My Un-Button-Downable Mind
A Bag Full Of Un-Cut Diamonds Hidden In My Suitcase
Holiday Weekends Give Birth To Books
Is It Okay To Be Judgmental?
The Holy Spirit On The Subject of Hoarding
I Love To Cook My Books!
The Holy Spirit’s Take On Gambling
Does The Presence of a Soul Within The Brain Provide an “Energy” That is Vital to the Human?
Yesterday I Was Attacked By A Terriorist!
We All Have a Date With The Global Mind – Next Week!
Did You Keep Our Date With The Cosmic Brain?
A Twelve-year-old’s Take on World Chaos
What Does The Term, “Spiritualized” Really Mean?
Why Is It Essential for Us To Live In A Heavy-Matter Realm, Such As Earth Is?
I’m Going To Venture a Prediction – Virtual Coloring Books!
Is There Such A Thing as a Non-Physical Existence?
Is Earth A Great Big Space Experiment?
Are Psychic Talents Alien To Planet Earth?
Prayer Feels This Way From The Other Side
Please Help Me Write My Movie Script
Can Humans With Very Different Backgrounds Get Along?
What Are The Reasons That A Soul Reincarnates?
Are Human Lives Scripted?
My Third Book is About to Go Out of Print – Here’s It’s Intro
Yesterday’s Quotes Are Pertinent For Today and Tomorrow, Ad Infinitum
How About The Spiritual Destinies of People Born in Wealthy Circumstances?
Advice Sliding On Down To The Next Generation
Continued: Advice From The Old Guard
Do Pets Reincarnate And Do They Choose Their Owners?
Two Months Ago, My Son Died…
What Is The Difference Between Dreams and Out-of-Body Experiences?
From “50 Things One Should Know How To Do By Age 50”
Life Is Like The Tossing of Grains of Sand
I’m Heading Back Out Around The World…For A Year
Dancing With Thirteen World-Class Grandmothers In Brazil
This May Be All That The World Really Needs
To Launch And Let Go
Farewell Florida/Hello Brazil
I Have Utterly Disappeared!
How Can I Describe This?
To Fill In The Blanks On Abadiania, Brazil
Planning Again To Adjust The Spine Of The Planet
Going Silent Till After Thanksgiving
If It Looks Like A Local, If It Walks Like A Local, It Sure Doesn´t Quack Like A Local!
The Secret Wisdom of Always Insisting Upon a Receipt
Going Before The Entity At John of God´s Healing Casa
I´m in the Top-Rated Place on the Recommended List – Ta-Da!
Whoa! Did I Just Bribe The Paraguayan Consul?
Entropy Around The Hostel Pool
Busted! I´m Now a Reformed Smuggler!
We´re All Guilty But We´re Not Bad!
The Great Creative Human Race – Rules and Handicaps
RULES For The Great Creative Human Race – Part II
Almost Nine Months After My Son Died, I caught a Quick Glimpse of Him
My Wardrobe Malfunction At Iguazu Falls, Brazil
I Love Santiago, Chile and This Whole Country!
The Wheels On The Bus Went Round & Round…The Great Creative Human Race – Part III
The Kind and Homey Folks of Chiloe Island, Chile
RTW – Phase I Is Winding Down
Home in The States With A Bum Shoulder
After A Short Surgical Delay, I’m Almost Good Again
The Old Grey Mare, She Ain’t What She Used To Be…..
Ain’t It Always The Way?
A Soldier’s World Travels Are True Sacrifices
My Traveling and My Writing Are About To Get Married!
The U.S. Congressman And The Saga of The Seth Parker
Lovin’ The Life In The Land Down Under
Flying To A New Australian City Tomorrow
Frozen Money Has Forced Me Into Phone Ownership
I’m Sooooo On Island Time Now!
I Made Headlines In The Pago Pago, American Samoa Newspaper
A Little Bit of Samoa Will Always Circle My Ankle
A Stalker Named Hurricane Evan
Summertime In New Zealand
My First Six Months In The Pacific Ocean
Earthquakes and Antarctica Have One Thing In Common…New Zealand
Going Further Under In Down Under: Dunedin, NZ Is Really Different From Dunedin, Florida
Traveling Solo In The Comfort Zone
The Story of my First Days in Cape Town, South Africa
Our Human Tendency Towards Religious Obfuscation – Inner & Outer Travel
Bits & Pieces of Life Overseas…. Lost In A Labyrinth of Budapest
Spending The Summer in Spain & Portugal
I’m At A Surf Camp Hostel In The Portuguese Algarve….The Bottom Coastal Region Of This Gorgeous Country
The Ups and Downs of Beautiful Portugal
A Seagoing Birthday This Year Between Denmark and Norway
Journey’s End – A Tiny French Village Outside of Paris Offers Recovery From Epilepsy
Another Life Begins Again
My First Step In Becoming An American Expat
I’m A Kid In A Money-Making Candy Store!
A Brief Visit To My Florida Towns Before Sailing Across The Equator On The Mayflower
Ohhhhhh, Uruguay! Glorious, Gorgeous, Warm Uruguay And My Celebrity Wool Jacket!
The Rubber Meets The Road On Real Life As An Expat
When The Guards Outnumber The Shoppers
Glimpses of Uruguay on January 5, 2014
All Uruguyans Are Ascended Zen Masters
Life In An English Country House In Upscale Montevideo
Hostel Hopping, Visa Vetting, Rock & Rolling, In Uruguay
The Andes Mountain Chain – Backbone of The Planet – And The Blackfeet Nation
The Girl That Got Away! How I Spent April Fool’s Day!
Peru Is The New Spiritual Himalayas And I’ll Soon Be There Again
The Movable Feast of Expat Life Goes Mobile Again!
The Trail Never Changes!
Peace & Light In The Sacred Valley of Peru
The Spinal Column Of Planet Earth
Life Brings Us All To The Right Shore, If We Will But Flow Within It!
I Receive The Munay-Ki Rites of The Andean Shamans In The Sacred Valley of Peru
Becoming The Creator of My Own Universe Through Peruvian Shamanic Traditions
Visions Of Paz y Luz Healing Resort & Conference Center, Pisac, Peru
A Peruvian Despacho Ceremony For A Baby’s First Haircut
My Date With St. Peter – How I Took Charge of My Own Health Through A Peruvian CondorVision San Pedro Ceremony
My Last Day In Pisac, Peru
Having Achieved Ecuador….
Cuenca, Ecuador…….Expat Life……..Not So Much! Yet!….But, Improving!
There’s Much To Like In Cuenca, Ecuador! I Might Stay Here Longer!
Meeting Some of My Fellow Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador
Excursions And Discoveries Ecuadorian!
Age Schmage…………. Money Schmoney
Steady As She Goes On All Expat Plans For 2014
My Last Expat Night In Cuenca, Ecuador – Fabiano’s Pizza
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador – Whale of a Day
Spirit Orbs Over The Secret Garden, Quito, Ecuador, Hostel
New Life, New Friends, New Mexico!
I Drove The Dog And The Dog Won!
Leaving Lovely Santa Fe, N.M. And Heading for Golden, Colorado
Taking A Vacation From My Vacation
This Promises To Be A Very Strange Experiment – A New Trick For An Old Dog
How To Make Yourself At Home Within Ten Minutes Anywhere In The World
Life With My Family on “Normal Street,” U.S.A.
Posthumous Exhibit Of My Son’s (Randy Brown) Art
The Timely Conjunction of “Journey Of Souls” With A New Stage Of My Life
Finding Fabulous Friends In Santa Fe, New Mexico
I Lost My Way In Eldorado…….
Life Is Like A Doggie Bath!
March, 2015 – A Month Of Lost & Found!
I Have Run Six Marathons in Forty-Eight Days
An Explosive Writing Experience!
My Newest Book, “Millennial Springtime: Love In The Vast Lane”
My Mission Statement: “To Write Large Upon The World!” While Traveling Solo
Luxury Home In Santa Fe, N.M. Comes With a Yurt!
This Is A Long, Hard Marathon…. But, I’m Winning!
A Persecution Of Sunshine For A Rabbit Like Me!
Age Schmage…….Money Schmoney! An Excellent Philosophy!
An Introduction Video To My Future Traveling Life: “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 YEARS!”
An Extreme Example Of Life In A Hostel Dormitory
A Good Description of A New Breed of Senior Travelers – Just Like Me!
My 78th Birthday is Here At Last!!!
Here I Go Again – Around The World For Four Years This Time!
Glorious Colorado In The Fall Brings Out School Field Trips
Patricia, The Greatest Hurricane Show That (N)Ever was! Or, Stalking The Elusive Not-Yeti In Central Mexico!
I Have, Essentially, Moved To Mexico!
My Answers To The BootsN’All Independent Travel Manifesto
My Top Five Travel Trips for New Travelers Before Starting A Trip
My Top Ten Values For Life – Part One
Elder Over-Achievers! My New Heroes!
My Top Ten Values For Life – Part Two
My Dream Journey And Practicing Travel Caution Without Paranoia
Managing Money While I Travel
What Can You NOT Travel Without?
Some Favorite Photos of Me On The Road, Solo, At Age Sixty-Seven
Friends in India & Egypt
What Small Things Do I Enjoy While Traveling?
I’m Organizing The First Chapter of Hearing Voices Network In Mexico
Secrets To My Around-The-World Traveling Life
At Home Or Abroad, Gringos Will Be Gringos
Mexico Will Soon Be In My Rear-View Mirror!
Belize Used To Be Called British Honduras But I Call It Beautiful!
Over And Under The Water In Ambergris Caye, Belize
You’d Better Belize It! Life In The Jungles Of Belize!
MEXICO – My Hostel In Tulum!
Cancun Can’t!
I’m Sleeping in The Queen’s Head While Her Majesty Turns 90!
“Moving Through Life @ Eighty Years Per Hour” or “I Need a Luggage Daddy….er, Caddy!”
I Blew Into The UK On Arctic Blast Winds! And Still, I’ve Traveled North To Edinburgh, Scotland
Lovely, Gracious London At The Best Time of The Year
Memories Of Bygone Days ….. Two Months Ago In Belize!
My Normal Life in London Town These Days
Was I On Another Planet… Or In London, England?
I’m Transitioning To Another Region of Europe – The Baltic States
Lots Of Rainbows Over London Today!
I Love Tallin, Estonia!
Glorious Estonia – Pagan Roots, Soaring Steeples And Soviet Museums!
Happy Hostel Life In Estonia….. And Worldwide!
What Do Dead Dogs & At-Risk Elephants Have To Do With Each Other?
“We’re Not In St. Pete Anymore, Toto!” We’re In Russia!
Traveling Into Russia Is Filled With Happy Discovery!
My Little Sister, Ann, Makes Me Proud For My 79th Birthday!
I Spent My Birthday With The Archangel Michael, Near The White Sea In Russia
A Funny Story About A New Dress Purchased The Night Before My Aeroflot Flight To Moscow….With Its Anti-Theft Device Still Firmly Attached!!!
Moscow & Me! I Like It Just As Well As I Did At Perestroika Time!
So Many New Moscow Friends…… But I Had To Travel On To Riga, Latvia
Where, Oh Where, Is The White Sea? Near The Arctic Circle….In Russia!
I’ve Been in Four Countries….. Five Cities, All In The Past Month!
After Europe, I’m in Israel For A Month
I Have A Big Family, So Our Jerusalem Thanksgiving Dinner Was Spaghetti Casserole Bake
Exploring Antiquity In Jerusalem This December!
My First Impressions Of Old Jerusalem
Make Friends! Not Art!
Leaving A Legacy Of Jitterbug In Tel Aviv, Israel
Back to Europe From The Holy Land. I’ve Landed in Barcelona, Spain!
I Will Be Reddit’s Solo Travel Site’s “Ask Me Anything!” Guest Interviewer On Sunday Afternoon, January 29!
My Exciting New Life In Casablanca, Morocco
No, I Have Not Died And Gone To Heaven! Just Zanzibar!
The Search For Meaning In Life Is Probably The Same All Over The World
Life In And Around Lake Victoria, Africa. I Have Achieved My Destination!
Christmas Day On An Island In Thailand
Bangkok, Here I Come! Money Stuff Notwithstanding!
Beautiful Bangkok Is A Peaceful and Varied Place
I Am Deep In The Lovely Land of Laos In South East Asia While My sweet Granddaughter, Molly, Turns 18!
Total Trust, Safety, And Honesty Is Here In Luang Prabang, Laos, Southeast Asia!
Fellow Americans! I’ve Discovered A Terrible Secret, Out Here On The RTW Trail! Help Me, Please!
How To Get To The Root Of Any Matter? Try Wordsmithing! Try Punning!
Open Letter To My Dearest Friend, Fawn Germer, And All Woman’s Leadership Groups Who Work Together to Change The World and Their Own Lives!
Wet Hens Unite! America’s Secret War In Laos!
America’s Birthday Drumroll Coming Up! Time To Clean House!
I’m Breaking Some Habits And Following Others In My Not Always Solo Around The World Trip
With Liberty and Justice For ALL! That’s What America Stands For!
Who Can Jitterbug? You’d Be In The Minority! I Can Teach You!
What Does It Do To The Body, Mind And Soul To Travel To New Places?
Happy Noisy Buddhist New Year In Laos Has Me Ready To Travel Again
Manila, Philippines, Is A Very Modern New Beginning Point
Discovering New Dimensions in Cebu City, Philippines
The Treasure of Health, Wealth, Wholeness And Friendship Is Here In The Philippines!
I’m On A Small Philippine Island Named Siquijor (Sigi-hor)
Living High In Lazi On Siquijor Island, Philippines
What Do George Cloony And I Have I Common?