A City that Starts With C.

A City that Starts With C.

Is there a city in New York State that starts with “C”? Not a small place like Carlton or Clyde, but a big city, a city the size of Buffalo or Albany? The other night, I was on my way there. Only, for the life of me, I could not remember what the name of the city was....
Jet Lag and Time Travel

Jet Lag and Time Travel

One of the worst aspects of international travel is jet lag and where it leads—the upending of schedules, the loss of moorings, the sense of walking under water. Some people are able to transition seamlessly from one time zone to another. I get discombobulated just...
My World-Traveling Doll

My World-Traveling Doll

I had a doll who traveled the world. Some of her travels she did with me. Some she did on her own. She was a brave little doll. And, very persistent. Twice she turned up under the tree on Christmas morning, waiting for me. I guess “under the tree” is a bit of a...
 On Missing the Aoi Matsuri

 On Missing the Aoi Matsuri

In The Kimono Tattoo, main character Ruth Bennett keeps an eye on the Japanese seasons. She knows when it’s appropriate to wear unlined kimonos or to dispense with long sleeves. Knowing of her fastidiousness, I was surprised when she forgot to celebrate the Aoi...