March Update

I’m trying something new today this month — an update of the stories that caught my eye over the past month but didn’t make it into full length blog posts. Here then, in alphabetical order, I present: CHIMPANZEES IN THE … 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

Pointing

  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

Daylight Saving Time Redux

  If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve already noted that I’m a BIG ADVOCATE of doing away with DST.  But, first, what this post needs is a photo.  I’ll be right back.         While wandering around … 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

The Sharwa Bazaar

  I’m back with one of the many Deleted Scenes.  This one is something of a hybrid — parts of it show up at a later time in the book.  But here’s the original description of this amazing place, the … Read More

Raw Herring and Other Peace Corps Dangers

  This past Friday, the New York Times ran two stories on the Peace Corps.   The first article I saw, Peace Corps Volunteers in Their Own Words by Michael Roston, is a collection of short first-person accounts from recent volunteers (more … Read More

A 60th Jubilee in Kazakhstan

  For weeks Gulzhahan had been reminding me of the “Sixtieth Jubilee” to which Woody and I were invited. Invitations, if offered at all, usually came a day or two ahead. Since hers had come weeks ahead, I knew it … Read More

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