Archive for August 2016

Surrounded by Sea, Ancient Ruins, the Constant Ringing of Church Bells, and a Cacophony of Cultures, This Writer Calls Malta Home

Surrounded by Sea, Ancient Ruins, the Constant Ringing of Church Bells, and a Cacophony of Cultures, This Writer Calls Malta Home
If you’re like me, you know very little about Malta, except that is was the setting for the classic Humphrey Bogart film, Maltese Falcon and the December 1989 Malta Summit between President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Amy, my contact for this post on Malta, helped fill in the blanks. How I... Read more »

Life in a Quiet, Mountainous Village in the North of Italy

Life in a Quiet, Mountainous Village in the North of Italy
Last week, in the center of Italy, an earthquake devastated the village of Amatrice. Known for its famous pasta dish, spaghetti all’ amatriciana, Amatrice is still experiencing strong aftershocks. Reports say half the town is gone and the death toll is nearing 300, leading residents to call Amatrice a city without a future.  Yet the... Read more »

From a Village in the Middle of Taiwan, A Young Woman Awaits Winter's Golden Rapeseed Fields

From a Village in the Middle of Taiwan, A Young Woman Awaits Winter's Golden Rapeseed Fields
How I Met Hui-Lin  There are places that serve you what is on the menu. Others, that serve so much more. When you find that place you feel more than welcomed. You feel you belong. My place is a small coffee and tea shop in Batavia called Limestone. It is run by Mo and Dennis,... Read more »
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Life in Venezuela: How One Man Looks to the Sky to Keep His Mind off the Crisis

Life in Venezuela: How One Man Looks to the Sky to Keep His Mind off the Crisis
Venezuela is having a very bad year. Although possessing one of the richest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela is in financial crisis. The country is so broken by unemployment, many Venezuelans have turned to jobs they never imagined, like panning for black market gold in the jungle mines where malaria is rampant. Food shortages are... Read more »