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Five new books arrived on my doorstep yesterday, two on Utah, two from Wyoming, and one, a new novel about India. Even though my road trip begins in New Mexico and eventually travels through a corner of Nebraska, much of South Dakota and up to northwest Minnesota, the states I’m most excited about traversing are Utah and Wyoming. Utah because I’ve only been in and out of Salt Lake City and Wyoming… Read More

The 2017 travel season officially opens today, August 13th. No, I do not, today, step into my shiny new snow-white chariot and drive on up the road, O Brother soundtrack loud and upbeat playing me out of my driveway. That all happens bright and early on Saturday, the 26th. Today however, it is back to blogging mode. Except for my annual, climbing-Black-Mountain, April birthday trip to San Diego, I have not left… Read More

That itchy foot syndrome has spread throughout my body and, I’m afraid, my brain as well. Time to get on the road again. Claiming Viking blood allows me to explain itchy (summer) feet. There’s a phrase, go a-Viking, meaning to go out raiding. Its origins are Norse and it was primarily used to describe the pastime of those Scandinavian farmers who headed out for a raid or two between spring planting and… Read More

Even though Hillary Clinton lost the war (although winning the battle), I still admire her extensive travels as Secretary of State—and not one trip to a golf course, which is more than any of our golfing presidents can say. What is it about boys and their little balls? I read somewhere that Hillary had traveled to 120 countries in her life. I vowed to top that because then I would have traveled… Read More

You can run but you can’t hide—that is true. I’ve been mentally running since I closed out the year of 2016 with the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. I’ve been running, through reading and movies and ridding myself of cable television, from the reality of the embarrassing and probably dangerous guy in the White House. Now it’s almost April of this nerve-wracking year of 2017. I am partially okay because… Read More

(This set of posts comprise an addendum for Time and Place 2015-16, accounting for previous travels and events.)  My grandchildren have already guessed that grandma is not leaving them a huge fortune or even a tiny fortune, just a lot of books, the 100 year old couch and travel memories. ‘Oh well,’ they say, ‘a fortune would have come in handy but we love you anyway Gma.’ At least I’m remembering that’s what… Read More

(This set of posts comprise an addendum for Time and Place 2015-16, accounting for previous travels and events.)  The Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland host a spectacular dance festival (Ice Hot Nordic Dance Platform) every winter, highlighting contemporary dance that is uniquely Nordic. Both the festivals pictured below took place in the winter although I’m not sure the Norwegian one that Kristine Maltrud and I attended was part of… Read More

(This set of posts comprise an addendum for Time and Place 2015-16, accounting for previous travels and events.)  Yes, Bill Clinton is very popular around here for his generally active role in subduing the Serbs in the Balkan wars of the ’90s. And yes, Mother Teresa is from Skopje, Macedonia. But best of all, Macedonia has reclaimed Alexander the Great from Greece…although Greece doesn’t acknowledge the claim. On behalf of my friend Gordon… Read More

(This set of posts comprise an addendum for Time and Place 2015-16, accounting for previous travels and events.)  In late summer/early fall, 2011, I set off to explore the very big ‘neighborhood’ of much of Eastern and Central Europe. Altogether I visited 13  countries (Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine, Greece and Turkey), finding the region more fascinating than I could ever have imagined, even from the… Read More

(This set of posts comprise an addendum for Time and Place 2015-16, accounting for previous travels and events.)  A few years ago, I made an ‘art trip’ to Jakarta for a conference, Singapore for a festival and Taipei to meet dancers. The trip was not especially successful in terms of bringing artists to Albuquerque but it was fascinating, mostly in a good way, on several levels. As mentioned previously I loved Taipei; it’s vitality and… Read More