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I’ve taken the title from Kurt Vonegutt’s Slaughterhouse-Five:

“And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five


Human foibles, frailties, and conundrums surround us. And I love to write about them.  I’m particularly interested in stories of making connections across cultures.

Periodically, I publish one of the many deleted scenes from At Home on the Kazakh Steppe.


And So It Goes began in January, 2013 and it is still a work in progress.  But then, aren’t we all?

My goal for the Blog is to encourage conversation, communication, and community. To that end, I hope that when you visit, you’ll leave a comment.


Or perhaps you’re looking for information on my latest book, my Peace Corps memoir, At Home On the Kazakh Steppe? 

The book has its own page here on my website, with an excerpt from Chapter One, links for purchasing, quotes from a few of the reviews, information on upcoming readings, and photos.


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I also continue with periodic postings on my Facebook Author Page . There you’ll find links to articles on cultural differences in general or Kazakhstan in particular. Occasionally I’ll add a post with my former students in mind: American idioms or other English language idiosyncracies.