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SAFE TRAVEL DURING COVID-19

SAFE TRAVEL DURING COVID-19

If you must travel during the Covid-19 pandemic, look for hotels that follow strict CDC guidelines: 25% occupancy, extreme disinfecting practices, rooms left vacant for at least 24 hours between occupancies. Recently my husband and I drove from Scottsdale to Denver....
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Lately I have been curious about international borders, so I am doing my due diligence to learn as much as possible. Last year, I visited Nogales, Arizona to see the border wall, and my heart sank. I was used to the concrete Berlin Wall. The Nogales wall has steel...
Manzanar: Let It Not Happen Again

Manzanar: Let It Not Happen Again

In 2012, I visited Auschwitz. One heart-wrenching day was enough to quell my curiosity about internment camps forever. Then last week, my husband insisted on seeing The War Relocation Center at Manzanar in central California, near Death Valley. It is now part of our...
Ride Along Arizona’s Southern Border

Ride Along Arizona’s Southern Border

I thought talk of building the wall would end quickly, but since it hasn’t, I went to southern Arizona and drove along the border, from Organ Pipe to Bisbee, to see what was what. Heading from Tuscan to Organ Pipe, we passed through this small town. And I must...
A Christmas Well Traveled

A Christmas Well Traveled

Now that our careers in the Foreign Service are over, we relive Christmas memories through our decorations. Unable to fly home at Christmas, we enjoyed Christmas around the world. Turns out, Santa Claus has several different names. In the Czech Republic, St. Nicholaus...
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

Stephen Hawking once said that humans have 1,000 years left on earth. This week, he changed that number to 100. Shocking, I know. On my visit to The Kennedy Space Center last Friday, I learned that scientists who agree on earth’s limited future see escaping to Mars as...