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E and O 2

Behind the scenes at the E & O Hotel

I had a close call in Penang, Malaysia. Back when I traveled there with my mom, I was super stubborn and didn't want to spend a lot of money on hotels/hostels. But my mom was determined to stay at the grand old Eastern & Oriental Hotel.There was a youth hostel next door, where I was going to stay. But when we arrived there, it was empty and no staff person was in … [Read More]

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Number one son took this photo in Jerusalem yesterday. I've never been to Israel, but he's spending the semester there and has been sending me photos and short … [Read More]

Recent Stories

Poppies Cottages 1

Tom and I moved out of our condo this weekend--seven years after we left the place. You see, when we moved to the suburbs all those years ago, we basically abandoned the condo. This was before flat screen TVs were common!We've had renters, friends, and … [Read More]


Good Chinese Wife has been out for four weeks now and it's still great fun to receive photos from friends near and far.My friend Maria found the book in Ontario at a Chapters Bookstore!Here's Good Chinese Wife at the Barnes and Noble in Glendale, … [Read More]

With Nancy Cavanaugh

This weekend I had a great time attending the book launch party for Middle Grade fiction author Nancy J. Cavanaugh and her new book, Always, Abigail (Sourcebooks, 2014). Nancy is not only a local author, but we share the same, fabulous publisher!Her … [Read More]