I Miss Joan Rivers


When Joan Rivers died….I cried!

Yes, I did.

I admit it.

I cried like a baby…..and I couldn’t stop.

I really loved that woman and I never met her in my life.

Crazy…I know!

When my girls were really young and I would tuck them into bed I used to listen to the radio and for some reason I was able to get a clear feed from New York. I was able to listen to The Joan Rivers Show…. every weekday and I loved it!! Loved it and loved her! She gave me life!

She was great!

She was definitely a firecracker and a controversial figure. But she was never afraid to speak her mind. And that is what I really miss.

I Love This Video More Than You Know


When I was in college years and years ago I made the obligatory trips to New York City to visit the museums, take in some city life, and just daydream about life after college.

One day while riding the subway some man stood dead center in front of me as I was sitting and flashed me the entire time. I didn’t notice at first, but then I saw him….

I was frozen. I couldn’t do anything. I wasn’t scared, just frozen….shocked!!

And then out of the blue two random men saw what this pervert was doing to me and at the next stop they literally picked him up and threw him out onto the concrete platform.

It was beautiful and I will always remember these strangers standing up for me! That’s why I love this video so much. I love that strangers stood up for the guy who was being bullied.

My Dentist Would Not Touch Me Today and Here’s Why #Ebola


I really feel compelled to share my story today because I saw personally how afraid Americans are of Ebola. I strongly believe the fear is largely fueled by the media. Everyone is terrified and it’s just unreasonable.

My Story! 

I went to my dentist this morning and he wouldn’t touch me because I just came home from Tanzania. First he made me sign a health declaration form saying that I haven’t been to or have been around anyone from west Africa recently and that I don’t have Ebola symptoms. That was fine. I signed one of those forms when I landed in Dar es Salaam a few weeks ago.

Then, I asked him if he knew where Tanzania was. He didn’t, so I DREW him a map!!! …. DREW it on the back of the form. But, it didn’t matter.

Then he told me to come back in 21 days! He pulled up a calendar on his computer and COUNTED DAYS, friends!

I understand that people are afraid of Ebola. If my dentist wouldn’t see me then he shouldn’t see people who have traveled to Atlanta or Dallas either. That’s how ridiculous my morning was…..

New! Airplanes, Helicopters, Engines + Flying


Friends, have I told you how much I love airplanes? Maybe a time, or two, or three.

They fascinate me!

Years ago, I used to hate flying. Now, I get on an airplane as often as I can because they give me great peace! I can’t be reached when I am thousands of feet in the air. Yes, I know, airplanes have Wi-Fi now (even on international flights), but believe me, when I am flying, no matter whether I am going to Addis or Dar es Salaam or London or Johannesburg or Lusaka or a few states away I am never checking my emails.

It’s a shame that the only place I can get a little peace from the world – even though temporary – is in the air.

Flying

(left to right) Flying over Washington, DC, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia,  Tanzania, New York

I really love airplanes even though I have no idea how they function. I am always fascinated that big chunks of metal can lift off into the air and fly for hours to the other side of the world.

Amazing!

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Photos: Flowers + Macchiatos #Ethiopia


For the past few weeks the news has been utterly insufferable. It’s just been really bad – there’s no eloquent way to say it. Bad! In fact, I needed to back away from my laptop last week because the news was a little too much to bear.

I am the type of person who reads as much as I can. I get my news from curated Twitter followers, Flipboard, Facebook (from time to time), and my daily rounds of the major US and UK newspapers and magazines.

Now that I think about it, that may be a bit much! 

So, in honor of how much I need to just get away from the 24-hour news cycle again, behold: flowers + macchiatos from Ethiopia. And a great song at the end.

Flowers  in the Southern Highlands - Ethiopia

Flowers in the Southern Highlands – Ethiopia

Double Macchiato - Addis

Double Macchiato – Addis

Flowers in Hawassa

Flowers in Hawassa

Macchiato at Radisson BLU Addis

Macchiato at Radisson BLU Addis

Flowers in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Flowers in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Traditional Cup of Ethiopian Coffee

Traditional Cup of Ethiopian Coffee

Flowers in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Flowers in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Double Macchiato at Coffee House, Addis

Double Macchiato at Coffee House, Addis

Wild Flowers - Great Rift Valley - Ethiopia

Wild Flowers – Great Rift Valley – Ethiopia

[Photos] #TBT Future We Want: Rio + 20 #Brazil


Future We Want - Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro

When I went to Rio in 2012 for Rio + 20 I stopped by the Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro on the last day before I had to head back to Miami because there were exhibits by local sustainable artists and green companies that were showing off their wares and services for Brazilians.

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I stopped by the Future We Want exhibit at the Museu de Arte Moderna where museum goers shared their thoughts for the future. I shared my thoughts too, but I have no idea what I wrote. It was probably something about mothers and children.

Other photos from the entire exhibit.

Museu de Arte Moderna

Museu de Arte Moderna

Museu de Arte Moderna

Museu de Arte Moderna

Museu de Arte Moderna

Museu de Arte Moderna

 

Where I’d Rather Be…


New York City

… in New York City!

I haven’t been to New York all year and I really, really miss Manhattan.

I think I took this photo in September of last year! That’s a long time in traveling years and too long to be away from NYC!

There was a time when I was in New York every other week just a few years ago. I was that busy! But, now as I spend most of my time traveling abroad, I am feeling that I cannot forget to travel a little north to the greatest city on Earth.

September can’t get here fast enough! 

Fingers crossed that I can get to New York and I am not on a plane with passport in hand and a new time zone to adjust to.