August 2012

The chief news of the month’s first half was the premier visit to South Texas of Arish & Kurush Dubash, accompanied by Miss Roshni Panday, and announced by a white-headed skunk crossing the road as I pulled out of the driveway to collect them at 5:30am at the train station. We went immediately for breakfast […]

July 2012

Dr. Claudia Welch [ ], whom I have known for nearly three decades as student, colleague, and friend, and Cate Stillman [ ] have teamed up to demonstrate the unique utility of the internet-as-teaching-tool by offering a 6-week, rolling admissions audio course on Healthier Hormones. Though abundant information is available on women’s health and hormones, […]

June 2012

The Moon and Saturn, Spica and Mars, and Arcturus, at arc’s end, greeted me in Texas on the evening of June 1. On the morning of June 2, I heard a woodpecker flailing determinedly at some metal on the roof over my head (having some months earlier actually seen one on neighbor Hilda’s roof pecking […]

May 2012

Shortly after my return to the US of A I embarked on a 10-day road trip with my sister & Miss Roshni Panday. We flew in and out of Las Vegas, but slept only one night in that town, spending the remainder of our time in southern Utah (save for the night of May 4 […]

April 2012

April 2012: Of Gods and Men: slow-paced movie that I watched in Australia on Easter Day about a group of French Trappist monks living in Algeria who were kidnaped & murdered by Muslim fundamentalists in 1996. As always, the North Coast of New South Wales was good to me (if a bit rainy) during this […]

March 2012

As always, the North Coast of New South Wales was good to me (if a bit rainy) during this month’s second half: excellent surf for boogie boarding; delicious food; plenty of free time for movies (The Hunger Games and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in the theater, The Lovely Bones on DVD), writing, and reading, […]

February 2012

The second month of the Year of Mayan Doom (for some) continued for me in North India, where events played themselves out more/less as expected, and where (in trains, planes and taxis) I continued to read. In December I had completed Men Against the Sea, the story of how, after being kicked off the Bounty […]

January 2012

Early January again found me in India, confronting the usual challenges. One portion of the month I spent out in the forest near wild elephants, witnessing the ever-closer march of humanity clearing land and erecting structures. In this regard I must confess some sympathy for the she-elephant who was recently found to have actually consumed […]

November and December 2011

f you’ve ever heard of microlending, and wished you could do some of your own, wish no more. Instead, proceed to: Kiva makes loans to carefully selected and vetted individuals in a variety of countries worldwide. You choose whom you would like to support, and pony up a fraction of the total amount that […]

October 2011

Early in the month I paid my first visit to Morocco in 38 years. Spanish friends & I took the ferry from Algeciras to Tangier, then drove south to spend the night in the charming blue hill town of Chefchaouen, founded in 1471 by Muslim refugees from Spain. It became a haven for Moriscos and […]