Absolutely Freezing In Santa Fe, New Mexico!

November 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Brrrr! An Alberta Clipper just landed on New Mexico Sunday night! Winter visited, alright, with snow, wind and freezing temperatures. Luckily, it waited until the real purpose of my visit to this State was accomplished. I had come for an International Living Magazine Conference about “Expating to foreign countries on Social Security,” which was held at the very, very fancy Hilton Buffalo Thunder Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, between November 8-10. There were 500 of us gathered for an intense look at all the wonderful offshore possibilities for living cheaper, fulltime or part-time lives, overseas. All of this consultation confirmed my decision to move/expat to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico next month.

On my way there, I will fly to Central Florida to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Lakeland. We haven’t seen each other for quite some time and I’m looking forward to being with the rest of my family, just as I had in Denver before the conference. But first, I decided to come closer to the actual town of Santa Fe for a nostalgic look-see. Some years ago, I housesat/petsat in this vicinity and wanted to remind myself of its Southwestern loveliness.

Naturally, after paying BIG bucks for staying in that fancy hotel for this Expating Bootcamp, I chose to stay the three nights in the dorm at the very funky and informal Santa Fe International Hostel, which is much more in tune with my worldwide travel tastes. This is one of the homiest, southwestern-themed, hostels I’ve ever stayed in and I wound up spending all of my time right here, inside because, all of a sudden, the night that I checked-in, the weather changed sooooo drastically! Freezing weather swooped over most of the Central United States from Canada! Hence, the “Alberta Clipper” designation! Folks here say this is very early for such extreme weather, which was down in the 20’s and 30’s with a biting wind. I only walked several blocks and came back to the hostel, abandoning my plans to poke around this cute little town. Instead of the cold outdoors, my pictures are of the interior of this little western hostel, where all the food is free because local grocery stores donate their outdated foods. We cook up all sorts of tasty meals in the restaurant-sized kitchen.

Tomorrow, I fly to warm and sunny Florida…. where my sister says it has now cooled from the 80’s to the 70’s. Yay! I’ll take it!

Do You Know What An Expat Is? I’m Planning To Become One. Again!

November 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve had a delightful Fall visit with my family in Golden, Colorado, and will fly to Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Wednesday, November 7th. Fortunately for me. International Living Magazine is sponsoring a Conference on “How To Become An Expat anywhere in the world.” Since I’ll head for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, after my Florida visits; the timing is perfect. I like big meetings where other travel-nuts like myself, gather to trade tips; so I jumped right in.

The word “Expat” surely comes from the word Expatriot, but we don’t turn our backs on our Western citizenship, at all. We merely choose to live overseas for a portion of the year. Many people buy property in attractive world locations and retire to warmer… and much less expensive… places of living. Frequently, they become active in tbose communities or, at least, the weekly lunch gatherings of fellow expats.

My first experience of this type of retired life came in Montevideo, Uruguay, a few years ago, and I will find it again in Mexico. In fact, several speakers at next week’s Bootcamp conference are now living in San Miguel. I have identified this categoty of Senior Citizen as world-minded as I am; even though they are far older than the hostelers, whom I usually hang out with during my frequent around-the-world jaunts

The big question for me will be: “Can I satisfy my wanderlust by becoming an expat somewhere?” And that remains to be seen. I still owe myself a good, long looksee at China, Siberia Russia, North and South Korea, Japan and many Pacific Islands; which I postponed this time by coming back to the States a year early. But, family and friends are important, too; and those countries will always be there.

Here’s the unchanging message that I always find myself sharing with others:

This world really is a wonderfully-welcoming and inviting place and its people are truly nice. If I can get myself around at this age and on a budget; then, so can you! The only thing to fear is fear, itself!

What Does Traveling Backwards Feel Like?

July 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveling Backwards and Forwards, simultaneously, feels just the same….only stranger! Exactly the same way that traveling Upwards or Downwards does. I have just completed all four of these directions and am quite disoriented by now.

If you have kept up with my travels, you will know that I have been steadily moving eastwards around the equator for almost three years; in this third RTW of mine: Traveling from The States and Mexico, Central America; to the UK, Eastern Europe, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, the Canaries, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Indonesia, Thailand, and Laos.

Now, that’s a standard, uni-directional, logical plowline! Aside from going north in Thailand and then south along Laos to its capital of Vietiane, I have stayed as predictable as the crow flies.

But, this little crow’s brain is apparently very easy to scramble. All it took was a three-month detour to the Philippine Islands. On impulse, I took an abrupt turn across the South China Sea to Manila, and then traveled north and south (up and down) through Cebu City, Oslob, Siguihor Island and Dumaguete, where I broke a shoulder, twisted a knee, and seriously disoriented myself concerning my straightforwards around-the-world flight.

I am just realizing the effect of this whimsical dosey-do, between Manila, in the Philippine Islands, and Vientiane, Laos; because I have returned to the very same Mixay Paradise Hotel I set out from last April. Same staff, same room, same afternoon tea, same Buddhist temples across the street! Naturally, I have been reabsorbed into the same loving hotel family…even some of the same guests! It suddenly feels as if I haven’t been anywhere. As if May, June and July never occurred! As if the world has, suddenly, simply plopped into the monsoon season.

As soon as I have sufficiently rested, I shall rejoin my Stray Asia hop-on, hop-off tour through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Then, when I use up these SE Asian countries, I am planning more circles through China, Siberia, Korea, and Japan. How confusing will those be as I teeter on the far-eastern shores of that greatest landmass?

Circles are all that I will have left to perform! The Islands of The Pacific Ocean! I shall be one dizzy balleting blonde, that’s for sure, when I finally attain the western shoreline of my homeland. Will I then collapse like a victorious, long-distance swimmer? Determined to stay closer to home in the future?

What Do George Cloony And I Have I Common?

July 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We were each recently injured while traveling in a foreign country! He was thrown onto the pavement yesterday, when a Mercedes swerved in front of his motorcycle from the opposite lane. In Sardinia, I think. He’s bunged up, but will be alright.

My accident, in Dumaguete, on June 26, wasn’t as dangerous as his, but led to ten days in a Philippine hospital and I am now holed up in a Cebu City hotel for a long, long rest while my broken shoulder and twisted knee completely heal. Luckily, this didn’t happen in traffic, but right in my hostel kitchen when I tripped on a brick ledge in the floor.

Pain is pain and I’m sure George Clooney and I are mutually uncomfortable. But we’re alive and will recover completely. He’s younger, so his bones were stronger. I was very happy not to have very brittle bones at my age. My shoulder merely has a compression fracture, a little more serious than a hairline break, which it was originally thought to be. Things could have been much worse and I’ll get lot’s of writing done during my enforced rest.

But talk about famous people! This injury led me to my sudden spectacular friendship with a top Philippine Rock Star Band, SALBAKUTA. I sat surrounded by them on the airplane coming here. They had just performed a huge stadium concert the night before. Most of them slept, but Mad, my seatmate, (with tatooed arms and sunglasses) and I, talked nonstop the whole hour-long flight. Whoulda’ thunk we would have had so much in common? I don’t know much about modern music.

Their latest hit is “S2upid Luv” (Stupid Love), which is beautiful. Look it up on You Tube for a listen. The verses are in the Filipino language but the chorus is in English. Check out their band there, too. I haven’t learned to post the link here yet; but I will now make an effort to learn.

And while I’m bragging about my intimacy with fame just this week, I’ll report this flattering compliment they gave me. When I first met all of them, as we were settling into our seats, they asked if I was Gloria Romero. She is a big Filipino movie star of an earlier era, who is now 83. They said I look just like her and to prove it, they googled her on their cell phones. But those pictures were taken in her youth when she resembled Elizabeth Taylor. Now, I have found some taken in her eighties after her hair had turned white like mine. Okay, we do look a little alike!

So all that surrounding love and feel-good messages were poured upon me, seemingly to compensate for the “owies” I was recovering from! Not a bad exchange!

I hope George Clooney gets the same for his broken bones today!

I’m On A Small Philippine Island Named Siquijor (Sigi-hor)

June 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m enjoying my 5th day at Tori’s Backpacker Hostel on a very tropical island where reggae plays day and night. I sleep very well in a tiny, mixed dorm bunkbed, which I curtain with sarongs to cut down on the light. I’m meeting lots of 20-and-thirty-something scuba divers, as this place is right on the beach.

The Treasure of Health, Wealth, Wholeness And Friendship Is Here In The Philippines!

June 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I am letting go and letting God! Still here in the Wellnessland Wholeness Center in Cebu City, Philippines; but will checkout tomorrow and travel to the coastal town of Oslob,  where I plan to spend a few days snorkeling with gigantic Whale Sharks and shooting a cover shot for my fifth book, just written here.

Yes, I have compiled a small book, Death Never Killed Anyone: But, Death Always Kills Every Body full of quotations from my book, In Secret Diffusion, and my matching website of the same name. The cover will show me, freely swimming and perfectly safe, underwater in the ocean, consorting with sharks… known to be killers of all humans. Naturally, they are the objects of terror; just like death is.

Interestingly, these massive Whale Sharks don’t eat humans but cluster in a small bay because they are fed their vegetarian preferences so that we can meet them up close. Who’da thunk?

We’ve found an exception to the rule of our kneejerk prejudice! Same with death! Why do we so consistently panic at the thought or approach of it? Well, that’s what this long stay at WELLNESSland WHOL(Y)ness Ne(W)HEALTH Center has revealed to me. My philosophical pondering about that universal FEAR in everyone’s psyche led me to quickly produce this book, which will soon be propagated, like little chia seeds, free, all over these Philippine Islands. Let’s see if we can change that attitude to one of eager anticipation???? That would really be flipping things on their heads, wouldn’t it?

Well, you can join this experiment! When the booklet is complete in ebook form, it will be downloadable here. Help yourself and share it with your friends. Become a guinea pig and see if your Fear of Death is reduced by reading it? Become a lab rat in the name of science.

This weekend, twenty people gathered here at the Wellness Center for an overnight retreat.  I was invited to be one of the speakers. I chose to weave the topic of Storytelling and Wordsmithing with the brand new international practice of Death Cafes . Google that. Lately, all over the world, people are gathering informally over tea and cake, to spill their guts about death. So, we did that and loved the sweet, teary, chuckling, cathartic results. This Center now intends to host a Death Cafe once a month!

I highly recommend that you try it, too! Ten people in a circle is probably perfect, but any number can be adjusted for. Homes, libraries, cafes. Just announce the meeting and let ‘er roll!

  • Now, before I check out of this colorful zone, I’ll post a few more photos:

Discovering New Dimensions in Cebu City, Philippines

May 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I have now spent two weeks in the vital Wellnessland Wholeness Center, here in Cebu City, the second-largest town in the large Philippine 7000 Island chain. This is a great Health Center  combining a small hotel/hostel/Conference Center

with an attached Organic and Plant-Based Food Cafe as well as a general medical practice. It was founded and is run by a classically- trained, practicing physician, Dr. Romy B. Paredes, M.D., CMT,  who is curing people with drug-free, alternative medicine. Here is Dr. Romy Paredes and me.

Last Saturday, I attended an Isha Yoga workshop, which I’d never tried before. Yesterday, I gave a three-hour talk on  Inner Voice Hearing, which was only one of several speeches that I made this week!

We held the inaugural Phillipine Hearing Voices Network  meeting in this country, which will now become the 36th nation to join the International Hearing Voices Network.

During the week, I traveled to Leyte with Dr. Paredes to speak at a professional meeting of SHEM: Self Health Empowerment Movement. which was a mini-vacation in itself. So, this country has provided me with a most-professional break in the usual anonymous  touring.

Next week, I will travel on to other island communities after I visit Immigration to extend my 30-day entry visa. Maybe there will even be beaches in my future?

 

Manila, Philippines, Is A Very Modern New Beginning Point

May 2, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Wednesday, May 2: I’m in a very modern, brand-new, high-rise, hostel, the  Lub-d, in Makati City,  a section of sprawling downtown Manila.

Lub-d Hostel in Manila

I was at the sister hostel in Bangkok and knew this one would be very comfortable. It’s the newest hostel in the whole 7000 island Philippine chain. But, there are very few big cities out here and I’m keen to explore the smaller spots on the map.

I’m still sleeping off my overnight trip flying from Vietiane, Laos, last weekend; so I’ve merely walked through this particular neighborhood, ranging about for new restaurants to try. Though all the American chains like Subway, McDonalds and Wendys are ever-present too. I was thrilled to learn that the local taste isn’t dependant upon chilis and hot flavors, but consists of plenty of seafood, rice  and veggies. Portions are huge and prices are low, so I get by on two big meals a day. Such a deal for really upscale living!

A toast to the Philippines

My eight-bunk, female dorm contains sturdy, curtained, cubicle beds and there’s a bathroom down the hall. So far, I have only a few roommates, but it’s so private and quiet that even at full steam, it would feel that way. My nightly rate is $15.

The atmosphere is still somewhat Asian but comes closer to the Western vibe than Southeast Asia. Maybe because everyone speaks English and there are all the familiar brands on the shelves. The weather feels exactly like Florida.

Now I’m planning my transportation to Cebu City further south on Cebu Island. It’s a 1.5 hour flight or a 26 hour sea voyage on a fancy cruiser ferry boat, and I’m leaning towards the water route as I haven’t done enough of that in my life. I’ve chosen a Health and Wellness nature retreat and spa as my accommodations there for as long as I decide to stay in that town, which is the second largest town of this country.

The photo course I was interested in isn’t available any more here; but I’m hoping I can find one in the college town of Dumaguete, where I’ll head after Cebu. I must start shooting pictures of my new life here, anyway; new skills or not.

This is a good possibility for a retirement, once I stop traveling. The country bends over backwards to attract retirees with a serious discount card (did I hear 20%?); a long-term visa; and a monthly living cost of $800 to $1300 per person, per month. And yet, high quality standards and excellent medical facilities. Social Security won’t send checks here, but it’s easy to have it deposited in a stateside bank and then accessed by ATM, as I do now. I’ll keep mentioning this attractive possibility as I learn more.

Haven’t laid eyes on the famous turquoise blue water yet, but that will happen soon.

Happy Noisy Buddhist New Year In Laos Has Me Ready To Travel Again

April 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Time to fly to my next destination!

I’ve been in Vientiane, Laos, for six weeks now, having temporarily hopped-off my wonderful Stray Tour of  four countries of South East Asia: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. I hadn’t planned to stay as long as this, here in the capital city of Laos, but I discovered the shocking fact of America’s Secret War  during the neighboring Vietnam War and I wanted to gather the facts. I also needed the rest. I solve my desire for a homebase, by frequently becoming a longer-term tourist of any delightful spots along my way. Reading, writing, and resting can only be done when one lingers a little while. Otherwise, lack of desk space, wi-fi, handy electrical plugs, and non-stop hostel social activity, make serious computer work difficult, if not impossible. I try to catch up on blogging at times like these, even though other unexpected assignments tend to find me, too. New trips both simplify and complicate all that.

Plus, my eyes are sooooo tired right now. Probably, because I really need that eye surgery but the catarract isn’t quite ripe yet. A new pair of glasses wouldn’t hurt, either but those will have to wait till after the surgery. I’ll check all those out in my new country, as well. In the meantime, sleep and rest are on the to-do list. Same as everyone does in the aftermath of such a big holiday.

It’s a brand new year in this part of the world and, as if it’s an omen singing its siren song, I found a large, beautiful, pink, plastic four-wheeler suitcase to replace my old-fashioned, two-wheel cloth ones.  So, I’ve cut my luggage down to two check-in bags, plus two carry-ons. Will your whole life fit into so small a space?

All this has started my travel clock ticking. Seven days to go, now!

Then, newly expert and recently beached, I’ll return here to pick up my Stray Tour into Cambodia and Vietnam. The delightful part of their offering is that I have a year to cover the ground. So, impromptu flights are very easy to incorporate into my plans.

Plus, I’d also like to cover my future dream destinations to the north and still have time to get to Lake Baikal, in Siberia, Russia; before the weather turns ….. well, too Siberian! Best be about it! So, I’ll buy my plane ticket for next week and announce my destination later. Hint: there’s a film academy there that I plan to attend.

This week, I’ll try to catch up on my blogging, as the future will be filled with learning the technologies of camera and video work and producing cinema reports of all my wonderful pictures. I’m already halfway around the world and still a rank amateur about the scenes I’m passing through. What good is fine equipment without the know-how? Here are some shots of this week and the New Years celebrations between April 14 – 18. Wet and Loud! Everybody throws water on everybody else. And, the Buddhist Temples broadcast very loud sermons constantly between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. This hotel is surrounded by three temples, so we had triple cacaphony.

Gates to the nearby Buddhist Temples

Happy New Year at the Mixay Paradise Hotel

As we partied, people splashed or poured buckets of water down our backs.

Kids love this holiday! They hose and shoot passers-by.

What Does It Do To The Body, Mind And Soul To Travel To New Places?

April 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

This subject was contributed by a brilliant thinker named Brooke, whom I met on my travels throughout Southeast Asia, and thus, fits perfectly on my travel website. However, you will find many more of her existential questions answered by The Holy Spirit on my other website, In Secret Diffusion.com (www.insecretdiffusion.com)

Brooke #20:

What does it do to the body, mind, and soul to travel to new places?

“Oh My Linda Layli, Layli Linda! We are finding out this answer through your adventures all over this World Below. You are touching the lives of many, many children this way. Adults too, of course! But your effect upon any child that you have loved with your eyes, your smile and your attention to them in a direct and personal way…. even if they don’t understand your language directly…. they still credit your country with good vibrations that will last forever and forever within their attitude about such a forceful place as America is, within the minds and in the spoken words of the adults around them.”

“Every person, man, woman or child, carries their nationality around like a visible flag in the minds and memories of all who meet them, everywhere. In most countries of the world, people don’t travel like Western tourists do. In other years, it was the soldiers in identical uniforms of one side or the other, who scattered the impressions of their countries. Now, it’s the tourists; most of whom are “wealthy” Westerners. Those travelers stay within their groups, quite predictably, and stay briefly at hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. This works very well for both locals and visitors, as tourism helps the local economy develop healthily; while allowing the resident population to continue their preferred routines, language and customs.”

“Tourism never attempts to convert or redesign beliefs as the meddling missionary groups have attempted to do in the past. Nowadays, there are schools, hospitals and educational gifts that those Faiths have brought to the many thousands of global locations which they have unsuccessfully invaded. Their religion has filtered around, but is usually mixed with local traditions. Ever since time began…. basically, ever since We started this tradition of Earth’s Mix & Match Population, and sent Messengers from time to time to answer their needs and prayers uttered by everyone to become the winner over the others; We have seen that this desperate dance simply goes on and on and on and on!”

“So, when the traveling from place to place puts you in contact with a local personality, or even with fellow travelers from many different countries, it gives Peace a chance to flourish! Particularly, if it gets seeded into the bright little mind of a child! Naturally, they will think good things about America all of their life when a friendly and happy American lays the foundation and sparks their positive, emotional reaction. One such incident can erase years and years of aggressive history filling the minds of their parents and grandparents. Even to changing those adult minds in miraculous ways out of parental gratitude to those who take the time to interrelate to their children; since most adults of any country either barely tolerate, or totally ignore, all babies and children of whatever nationality. There’s always a way to bridge any gap of language or age, but most adults never try.”

“So, a seasoned world traveler has had the experience and incentive to develop those necessary people skills!”

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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?
What Does Traveling Backwards Feel Like?
Exploring The Hawaian Islands Is A Lot Like Traveling Around The World
Completing My 3rd RTW, I Already Am Making Plans For Creating An International Conference In Mexico Next April!
Golden Hours In Golden, Colorado!
Do You Know What An Expat Is? I’m Planning To Become One. Again!
Absolutely Freezing In Santa Fe, New Mexico!