Category Archives: Places in the Heart

Mother’s Day 2019

In my very first year of formal schooling (that would have been in the early 60’s) my mother would peel grapes, remove their seeds, and chill them in the refrigerator. At recess, she’ll be at the school tuckshop, waiting for … Continue reading

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Turning 62

Today I turn 62. Over the past week or so, and in this and the coming weeks, I have been hosted and will be hosted to several so-called birthday meals in my honor. Except for two occasions, nobody has asked … Continue reading

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Scared Shitless!

These days I live in fear. I barricade myself at home. I make sure all the lights are off. I want to give the impression that no one’s in. I dread hearing my doorbell ring. I jump out of my … Continue reading

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2018 – My Best Year Ever

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Tahlequah and her Baby

A pod of 75 killer whales, or orcas, roams in a huge territory that includes waters off Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria, British Columbia. Orcas are among the earth’s most socially sophisticated animals. They live in matrilineal groups that include four … Continue reading

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Marquette – Yooper Country

Some weeks ago, I flew from Singapore to Hong Kong, Kong Kong to Narita, Narita to Chicago and then from Chicago to Marquette, Michigan, to visit a dear friend, a world-renowned pipe maker, whose masterpieces command four-figure prices. I spent … Continue reading

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Off the Grid

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12,045 days Together

Yup, 33 years together. My wife has the patience of a saint. Only God is able to adequately reward her. So, I’ll just stand aside and let God do his job.

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The E & O Hotel, Penang

The Sarkies brothers were a group of brothers of Armenian ethnicity, born in Isfahan, Iran and best known for founding a chain of luxury hotels throughout Southeast Asia. These include the Raffles in Singapore, the Strand in Rangoon, the Oriental … Continue reading

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Promoted

Today, I officially became a senior citizen. Oh no!!!

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