March 25, 2013

There's a scene in Taken 2, where Liam Neeson's character is blindfolded in the back of a van as it winds and twists through the streets of Istanbul's old city. He uses his training to pinpoint his location by counting off the distance, marking distinctive sounds, and...

February 26, 2013

There are few things more frustrating than walking into a foreign supermarket trying in vain to find soy milk. I'm staring at labels, looking at different cow and sheep graphics, and bottles and cartons desperately trying to find one of the foundations of my diet. Welc...

January 26, 2013

This is a story about how I paid to get bathed by a large, hairy, shirtless Turkish man and the psychological ramifications I am still dealing with to this day.

 

Back in 2000-2001 when I lived in Brazil, it took me awhile to get networked in the city, find friends, and...

December 13, 2012

 

Well maybe not an era, but definitely a solid block of time...

 

I've been living near NYC since October 2008. I moved there after a two-year stint in Sao Paulo Brazil and I can recall the joy that came with returning home to the US. I was ready to settle down and stop...

August 25, 2012

Whoo hoo!!!!

 

Was that too loud? Well, I'm not sorry. I LOVE winning. I dreamed of these moments every day as I poured my soul into my manuscript. And I'm celebrating!

 

This award is quite special to me - 1) because it is the last award contest I entered , 2) because it...

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