A book in Nghiep’s memory

“There are millions and millions of cells in the body, and each has a purpose, a life and a value,” my friend Nghiep once told me. “Each contributes to our ability to achieve life, intelligence and wisdom.” The objective and reward for all this expended energy and activity, he said, is pure and simple: happiness. And the ultimate source of […]

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Creating the Lotus (or the evolution of a novel)

Writing a novel was never on my bucket list. In fact, it was something I didn’t want to consider. There were too many talented authors, too many wonderful stories, too much competition in the book universe– why bother? Then a man named Skip suggested I give it a try. “You have your own voice,” he said. “Why not use it […]

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Looking for beauty

Sometimes  we just need a bit of beauty, a reminder that despite the conflict, and crises, and challenges each of us encounter in every corner of the earth, goodness exists, and beauty soothes. Nature is a certain antidote for whatever ails us. Enjoy this glimpse, a photo I took of a sunrise off our balcony in Eastbourne, UK, overlooking the […]

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Bargain bastions: England’s second-hand treasure troves

It’s nearing closing time, so the hunt accelerates. Our eyes peruse the tangle of glass, metal and wood, scanning the confusing landscape for the perfect addition for our new home: a table? Lamp? Chair? Suddenly, there! A four-foot, beveled-edge mirror, tucked behind a stack of cruddy paintings leaning against a wall. Experienced bargain hunters like us know to look beneath […]

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