An Update on Sasha

Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other. — Louis J. Camuti  [Click to Tweet this quote]   … Read More

A Guest Post from Sasha

  Hello all,  Sasha here.   Alpha mom asked me to step in again this week. May is a busy month here in Vermont, for the humans anyway. It keeps me busy trotting along beside her as she and Alpha … Read More

When Cultural Difference Is Used As An Excuse — Part I

Cultural difference has morphed of late into a lame excuse for bad behavior. Take this recent headline:   Renegades boss blames ‘cultural differences‘ as Chris Gayle is fined $10,000 That was a headline I caught through the magic that is … Read More


posted in: Friendship 12

  “Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.”   “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.” ― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web … Read More

Meeting Gulzhahan

  For the next few weeks (or months) I’ll be popping in on Fridays with a Deleted Scene from my memoir, At Home on the Kazakh Steppe. Let’s call them the “lost deleted scenes.” As I put together my new ebook … Read More

The Blog with the Missing Title

    Many of you who have read my book (At Home on the Kazakh Steppe) will know that it ends with this paragraph (I don’t think I’m giving too much away here)   I’m still jumping off high dives, … Read More


  As I sort through the survey from two weeks ago, I’m posting this deleted scene. It’s one of my favorites because it shows in a concrete way how naive I was.   Being naive can be a not-so-bad thing, you know –as long … Read More

Flexibility, Patience, and a Sense of Humor

  As I collect the various Deleted Scenes to create a small eBook, I’m finding a few I’d like to recirculate.   And rewrite!   Here’s one from April, 2013, called Finding Serenity. This time around, I’m calling it: Flexibility, patience, and a sense of … Read More

My Chincoteague Retreat

      What’s the difference between a sabbatical and a respite?   Merely length of time.   I’m down at the Chincoteague house, the house that  Woody and I renovated in 2001, and from which we were returning to … Read More

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