February 2009

There’s something about sharing a meal with people you love that just makes everything seem, well, right.  This weekend a friend flew in from NYC, Indian spices in tow, and we set to work cooking up an Indian feast.  We donned our aprons (I let Ram have the more “masculine” one), and put in “the Sound of Music” DVD, and sang and chopped and cooked for about 3 hours. When our guests arrived (more…)

I have been working on my book diligently lately, but have been having a helluvatime staying on track. Distractions are everywhere, and as soon as I hit a rough patch or a brain drain, my mind wanders, and I find myself trying to decide what color to paint my toenails, or looking through my closet for just the right thing to wear this weekend.  Did I feed the birds?  Is the mail here? 

At the same time that I’m writing, I’m reading about writing.  “Always write first and second drafts freehand”. “Write everything in a Word Doc”.  “Distance yourself from your writing”.  “Become one with your characters”.  That last one is easy, because I am my character.

As many of you know, I am a travel addict.  When I’m not actually on the road, I’m planning my next adventure. Or reading about travel. Or talking about travel. I know it’s annoying,  but it’s In My Blood!

In the book I am writing,  I share some of the crazy shit that has happened during my travels. More often than not, the “vacations” start out innocently enough, but often take a wrong turn, somehow

Like the time Iwas escorting a group of retired farmers in Chile and we were arrested for…

Or the time my travel companion got locked out of our room at the  Hudson Hotel in NYC naked, and I slept through the whole ordeal.

Or that time in the Amazon when I suddenly found myself fighting for my life…

Sigh…guess I’d better get back to writing the book instead of just talking about it.  Check back, I’ll keep you posted on my progress.  (Yeah, I know, this blog is another distraction)

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

This weekend, after a nice hike with our pups, HK and I took advantage of the fabulous weather (70), and sat on the rooftop deck of one of our fave restaurants for beer and oysters. The moon was in the sky, the sun was about to set, and it was pretty close to perfect. We started talking about restaurants in the ATL, and, having lived in the city for 13 years now, figured we’d like to try something different.  So here’s what i’ve come up with.  I’m gonna tell you our favorite 10 places to eat in the city, and we (more…)



  Last nite I went to a local meeting held by Best Friends Animal Society. If you’ve read much of my blog, you’ve seen me mention them several times.  They are my favorite charity organization in the world. They have a wonderful Animal Sanctuary in Utah.  Their philosopy is: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.

They have made such a huge impact on saving animals from euthanasia. In the early ’80’s, (more…)