The Legendary Tales of Notch Johnston

The new group of medical students stared at the ugliest human they had ever seen. It looked to be at least a thousand years old and then some. Only two of the students even guessed what it really was. And they were human! They all stood looking through old style bulletproof one-way glass at the […]

Simply Put

So I’ve been sitting here, at my dining room table, staring at this torrential downpour of a tropical storm, thinking about you, and how right now, if you woke in time for your flight, are halfway around the world. More specifically, I have been dwelling on what I would say to you if I had […]

Istanbul R&R

“Two days ago I was dodging bullets and mortars. Now look at me, lunching in an air-conditioned Istanbul mall with you,” my friend GiGi murmured, trying to make sense of her world. She had volunteered for the 6-month State Department assignment at the US Embassy in Baghdad in the fall of 2006, feeling that since […]