Personal Stories

Tallinn Estonia: Soviet flashback

Tallinn Estonia: Soviet flashback

001 First, we drank vodka. We ate pickles. We heard stories. Our Estonian host garbed in Communist guard’s attire presented “histertainment.” He served us Kali (Kvass) before which he instructed: “When you drink it, don’t smell it. I’ve never seen a foreigner who ever...
A Writer Visits Cuba

A Writer Visits Cuba

Havana has been dubbed the city of columns. For me, it was the city of tripping hazards! I’d have loved to peer upwards to view those Ionian columns, but if I took my eyes off the pavement for a nano-second, I’d fall over an upturned sidewalk or tumble into an...
Cats and celebrities

Cats and celebrities

“I hope you write that story, Erika. You owe it to your readership,” Susana emailed. “I think an issue of a magazine on cats would give you just the prompt you need to write down that wonderful story you recounted so wittily, fluidly, vividly and spicily.” When I...
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