It’s Celia’s Birthday

On stage, Celia was ageless, in life, her good energy and generosity were boundless, her music is and will remain timeless.  — Gloria Estefan Today, October 21, marks the birth date of Celia Cruz, one of the most famous and influential Cuban-American music performers and artists of the 20th century. Passionate about music, she earned 23… Read More

Clair de Lune

The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night. ― Yasunari Kawabata It’s 3:00 a.m.  A teething baby in need of soothing has kept me awake.  It’s now silent, finally, in my home… Read More

Ciao Ciao A Tutti

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. – Lin Yutang I relax on an old wooden bench in the piazza just around the corner from our hotel.  The sound of the water splashing in the center fountain competes with the… Read More

Bastille Day

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité National motto of France July 14th was La Fête Nationale for France.  Also known as Bastille Day, this national holiday celebrates France’s freedom from monarchial rule and coincides with the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a large French jail that was a symbol of the King’s power. Very similar to… Read More


Letters mingle souls. –John Donne This morning I pulled out a small box of treasures from a shelf in my closet. Cherished remembrances of friends, events, family, loves and experiences are packed tight and bound with ribbon.  Old letters, cards, photographs, journals, postcards and stamps from far away places, poems and notes scribbled on random… Read More

Talking Timbuktu in Buenos Aires

For some people, when you say ‘Timbuktu’ it is like the end of the world, but that is not true.  I am from Timbuktu, and I can tell you we are right at the heart of the world.  –-Ali Farka Touré One of my favorite music albums is Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Touré with… Read More