March 16, 2020

Portland, Maine--Where America's day begins and begins.

Guam, a U.S. territory, west of the international dateline likes to say that this is where America's day begins. Maine, the farthest point east of the 50 states is where the sun first rises on th...

March 8, 2020

Food buying adventures while teaching in Taiwan

 I lived briefly in Taiwan to teach English to children of farmers. My tiny apartment in Huwei had no kitchen. Like 90 percent of people in my town, I had to go out and buy all my meals. Mostly I ate str...

March 4, 2020

 Portland, Maine — It is only human that when an injustice occurs to us, we want to get revenge. However, my father taught me the biblical principle of not responding in kind when someone treats us badly.

  

My father was a talented, well-respecte...

February 12, 2020

 Manila—I’ve had two dates on a Valentine’s Day. It may look like I’m one lucky girl for having experienced that, but no, I’m not fond of my memories of them. My dates were interesting guys though; one spoke many languages, the other was a multiracia...

February 12, 2020

Grant Achatz, chef owner of Alinea in Chicago, was correct. Considered a demigod in the culinary scene - uber meister of chemical gastronomy and avant garde presentations - Achatz once said in a Netflix documentary that “the small real estate of the...

February 12, 2020

The mainstream audience may not view horror as serious cinema, with supernatural situations that seem too farfetched to be relatable. Yet classics such as The Shining and Carrie prove that compelling stories can be told with blood and gore. Today, Ge...

January 26, 2020

Portland, Maine— Congrats to Kansas City Chief and San Francisco 49er fans. Your teams have had a phenomenal year and this will be an exciting Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 no matter the outcome.

Some of my friends here in the northeast, who are New Englan...

January 5, 2020

Anyone who grew up reading Time Magazine, when it was just one of the few printed publications and before the arrival of multimedia and online news sites— is knowledgeable about the mag’s Person of the Year in its cover and feature. I looked forward...

January 2, 2020

 Portland, Maine--Yesterday, I watched Clarence get his wings in "It's A Wonderful Life".  As Auld Lang Syne was being sung, a feeling of nostalgia enveloped me, and I began to think of my most memorable New Years Eve and a most memorable old acquain...

December 2, 2019

Portland, Maine — I was fresh out of receiving my MBA from the School of Business at Andrews University. After spending a year or so writing Certificates of Need and new business plans at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, their CEO, Bob Wille...

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