Senseless Luxury and Just a Tad of Hypocrisy

I have proudly been spouting simplify, simplify, simplify for the past few years as I have fought to declutter and streamline my life. In one sense I have performed well and detached myself from the world: I keep a simple, no frills wardrobe (except for my twirly skirt–ask my class); I try not to clutter…

An Island Farewell

It was bittersweet to say goodbye to friends, but the neighbors apparently were overjoyed since they put on an impressive display of illegal fireworks…the big ones that require cannons or perhaps trebuchets to launch…. Candy hails from Guam and honed his skills performing for droves of adoring Japanese tourists before coming to the States. He is also a gifted musician and singer, and if he gets an “A” in his world history class, I might be tempted to post his Battle of the Bands performance as well. Check him out..<object width=”425″ height=”350″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/dYFCwZL7Ae0″></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/dYFCwZL7Ae0″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”425″ height=”350″></embed></object>Did you notice the golf cart in the background?

That’s Definitely Not Crumping

Tom called me away from my new favorite TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance?”, last night so I could see a new video posted to You Tube that had already gotten 250,000 viewings during the day. Turns out it was a dance video, though of a completely different ilk than what I had…

Adventure in C Major

For the past three and a half years I have had the most amazing job. It doesn’t pay, there’s no opportunity for advancement, and it requires me to work weekends and holidays. Despite these apparent drawbacks, it has been one of most gratifying experiences of my life. Since January 2003 I have served as a…

The Tale of the Traveling Shirts

As I’ve said before, we are the taking the travel sages’ collective advice to travel light oh so seriously. Tom, the little kids, and I all have the beginnings of a quick-dry, 2-3 outfit wardrobe, and the big kids soon will as well. From our previous travels we know how important it is to to…

Take a Left at Jericho

I read Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities in college and was forever imprinted with the fear of making a wrong turn. In the novel a Wall Street broker, a veritable “master of the universe,” loses everything–wealth, power, family and freedom–as a result of an accident that occurs after he gets off the wrong exit…