• Asphalt highway in New Mexico

    Road Trip to New Mexico

    One of my best friends is living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for several months to complete a project -- and I thought, what a perfect excuse for a road trip! “I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” --- Jack Kerouac, On the Road [...]
  • Learning to Love Museums

    Want to make someone hate you? Find a person who doesn’t know much about art and force them to spend hours as you drag them to every painting in every gallery in a museum [...]
  • Texas Raiders B-17 Flying Fortress

    Onboard the B-17 Flying Fortress

    Beautiful: The slow drone of four radial piston engines on a crystal clear November morning as I stepped back in time with this great warbird. This morning, I drove out to a small [...]
  • Mount Timpanagos shot from the Sundance Lift

    Redford’s Sundance

    At the Crossroads of Art and Nature My stay at the Sundance Resort in late September was full of crisp fall air and leaves turning golden yellow, orange, and red. What a gorgeous [...]

Latest Posts

  • Ghost Ranch

    May 12, 2017 // 12 Comments

    In the great wide open places, I can see the forever. The sky enfolds you, and then you are inside it. Whatever small place you came from is no more because you are part of that sky and the big beyond, and the rest isn't important. When the Spanish first rode into this valley in norther New Mexico, they called it Piedre Lumbre -- the shining stone. [...]
  • Sunrise, Atlantic Ocean. Photograph, Ann Fisher.

    The Year of Last Holidays

    April 17, 2017 // 27 Comments

    If you were dying, but still felt healthy now, what would you do with the time you had left? This question is the premise for two films entitled Last Holiday. In 2016, I lived the plot line. [...]
  • Embracing Santa Fe

    March 31, 2017 // 21 Comments

    Each time I return to New Mexico, my affection for this state grows . . . Doc looked like he came straight out of central casting. Film order: we need a quirky old man to play a part in a Coen brothers film set it Santa Fe. [...]

Italy

  • Ciao Roma! My sister and I spent a week in Rome before heading to Civitavecchia to board the Royal Clipper — always a wonderful pre-cruise or post-cruise extension to [...]
  • In an age where everything is increasingly digital, why do we love paper so? It’s the delicate scrollwork of a printed design. The fragrance of a leather book. The way [...]

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  • Star Clipper raises sail Black and white image
    And so it begins . . . I am on Star Flyer as she heads out into the Atlantic making for Barbados and winter in the Caribbean. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a tall ship is the stuff of dreams. Rope and cable thrumming in the breeze, the crack of a sail filling with wind: these are sounds old in human time -- these sounds lie deep within our collective consciousness. [...]
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    First Solo Travel

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    The year was 1985: an account of the first time I traveled solo in Europe. At twenty, I traveled abroad alone. I had two weeks in Britain by myself before going to Paris for [...]
  • I’m pleased to announce a second quarter give-away for my email subscribers in the USA and Canada. Thank you for following my travels and my writing!  My July 2017 [...]

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  • Taking chemo

    Chemo with Walter White

    October 7, 2015 // 3 Comments

    Tickle that cheek, and take your throne; pump your veins with gushing gold. — Glass Animals On September 15, 2014, I took my first round of chemo for colon cancer. My [...]