Thanksgiving

For most of my life I’ve complained about the location of my birthday, which is either on or around Thanksgiving.  Surpassed only by those unlucky enough to have their birthdays right on Christmas (like my poor brother-in-law), Thanksgiving birthdays are … Continue reading

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Coffee Anyone?

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In 2008 Starbucks announced that it was closing over three-quarters of its Australian stores, pulling completely out of markets in South Australia, Tasmania, the Gold Coast and Canberra (government employees just moved up a couple of notches in my book).  … Continue reading

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A Yank Attends a Fair Dinkum Festival

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After years of living in America I’ve seen one small town after another fall victim to the Wal-Mart mini-mall catastrophes that seem to turn bustling little Main Streets where people shop, stroll, and visit to colourless, tired-looking places you now … Continue reading

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A Day at the Races

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One of the unique benefits of the Australian lifestyle zeitgeist, particularly in Victoria, is the national celebration of a horse race!  As a child the Melbourne Cup was so worthy of reverence that it was even broadcast over PA systems … Continue reading

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Jazz, Blues, Wine and Cheese does a happy Aussie make!

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One of the great things about changing where you live is the opportunity to begin new traditions, new habits to look forward to each year, each season.  Such was the case this weekend attending the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in, you … Continue reading

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Oz; An American Arrives!

So I’m home.  How about that?  So far, it doesn’t feel like it.  I had a brief meltdown on the night we arrived at my mother-in-law’s house to find all my bedroom furniture, including a pink stuffed chair I’d had … Continue reading

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Finally Coming Home.

Over the past few days I have been having the most powerful memories from my childhood.  It’s not that this has never happened before, it’s just that over the past 16 years I have spent most of my time living … Continue reading

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Malaysian Sensation

I think the last time my ears popped on an elevator, I was eleven years old going up the Sears Tower in Chicago.  Then again, I can’t imagine that vintage 80’s elevator was as state of the art and super-speedy … Continue reading

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Animal Innards and Freedom for Lunch

The restaurant that I am sitting in has no name.  It exists on the back street of a back street in Soweto, South Africa.  In search of a traditional black South African meal, our guide and resident knower-of-all-things Soweto, Richard, … Continue reading

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KwaZulu-Natal – The Proverbial Elephant in the Room

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I once read somewhere that Africa can “get under your skin” and despite not being able to remember the source of the quote, I can attest to the validity of it. After the ecological wonders of Kruger National Park and … Continue reading

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