Food, Food, Food ~~December 11, 2017

And more food. Yesterday was a walking food tour of Beirut. We ate ourselves silly and learned a ton about Beirut and Lebanon from Iffat, our truly amazing, warm and wonderful guide from Taste Lebanon. She spent the day with us, from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm (when we even got a peek at the…

Dinner by the sea ~~ Babel Bay ~~ December 10, 2017

I’ve eaten a lot of meals sitting by, or even floating on, the Mediterranean. Wonderful meals, kissed by salty sea breezes in France, in Spain, in Greece, in Croatia, in Turkey, in Italy, in Israel. Today I added a country I was never quite sure I would get to. Lebanon. In Beirut’s Babel Bay we…

I’m here! ~~ December 9, 2017

All my life, Lebanon has just been an idea, a place out of reach, birthplace of my grandfather, and source of the truly amazing food, at once exotic and familiar, that my grandmother cooked. I’ve tried to get here several times, but war shut the country down. You can see the scars on the buildings….

Wanted: Family Doctor ~~ July 16, 2017

The family doctor is something of an endangered species these days, something that doesn’t get a lot of attention in all the healthcare hullabaloo out there.  You can’t hardly read a newspaper or blog post or listen to a podcast these days without hearing about health care. It’s a gigantic national issue because Obamacare, for…

A vacation, well done ~~ July 10, 2017

This has been the vacation I badly needed. Body healing, spirit renewing, mind clearing. At the beginning I wanted it to go on forever. I felt like I could not get enough of wallowing in luxurious nothing. I felt like that for at least a week.   But a funny thing has happened to me…

Just a brief fling ~~ June 30, 2017

It started out as a secret fling. I was an end-stage grad student in a department where he had recently been hired as a professor and although I was single and he was in the process of getting divorced and our different fields meant that we would never work together, we thought we should keep…

The Crystal Caves ~~ June 29, 2017

(Another Mary Stewart allusion. Who knows, maybe this is where she got the imagery for her Merlin books…?) Been so self-absorbed lately — my apologies. Of course this is a personal blog but I can see from the stats that people are actually reading it and I feel some obligation not to bore you with…

Ghosts of Graduations Past  April 25, 2017

Somehow the end of the semester crept up on me. I thought I had another week after this one but no, my own schedule, my syllabus, and IU’s official academic calendar do not lie (I checked them all.). Graduation is May 6th which means my class ends before that. Damn. I could have used the…