Tag Archives: dominican republic

sharing the night with the pink ballerinas




even the flamingos came out at night to play – dominican republic


“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds.  We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.  Serenity is contagious.  If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back.  And a smile costs nothing.  We should plague everyone with joy.  If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” 

Swami Satchidananda


wake up call



very recently – warm and easy near the equator, nice way to wake up,

with a call from the sea, bringing news of a day,

where the biggest question is which size coconut to choose.


and even more recently –  warm and tucked in, home again in the great white north,  nice way to wake up,

with a call from the weather robot, bringing news of a snow day off of school

where the biggest question is which size down comforter to choose.


Traveling is seeing; it is the implicit that we travel by. Cynthia Ozick


i have a very important appointment –




where i’ll be in less than 24 hours.

see you all when i get back.

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. – Robert Orben


image credit: dominican republic ministry of tourism



Life is either a great adventure or nothing. Helen Keller



got a message from my good friend’s husband.

seems he’s taking 12 of us on a mystery trip to celebrate her milestone birthday.




he said, ‘pack your bags, and we’ll all meet at the airport.’



he said, ‘you won’t have to worry about a thing, it’s all taken care of.

your part is just to get some days off of work.’

Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. 

Roll up (and that’s an invitation), roll up for the mystery tour. 

Roll up (to make a reservation), roll up for the mystery tour. 

The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away, 

Waiting to take you away. 

Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. 

Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. 

Roll up (we’ve got everything you need), roll up for the mystery tour. 



where are we going?, i wondered.



i imagined we might be going to chicago, where i was born, and just a few hours away.




it’s a bit chilly there in the winter, but always so much fun.


“The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, center, exits the water during the Chicago Polar Plunge, Sunday, March 2, 2014.

A few weeks ago, newly-minted Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon invited Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to be a guest on the show. The politician responded on Twitter, agreeing to stop by the Tonight Show if Fallon in turn agreed to participate in Chicago’s Polar Plunge — an annual dip into freezing Lake Michigan to benefit the city’s Special Olympics.

Fallon agreed, and this morning, he made good on his promise. Both Fallon and Emanuel plunged into the slushy 32-degree water — the comedian wearing a suit and tie and the politician sporting some kind of wetsuit. Fallon had asked his fans to wear neckties in solidarity.


he said, ‘and bring your passport.’ 

imagine my shock and awe when i found out we are going to the dominican republic instead.

it’s a bit warmer there in the winter, and sure to be a lot of fun too.



  local dominican celebrity host, exits the water of the caribbean,

no neckties needed.

i see my path, but I don’t know where it leads.

Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it. – Rosalia de Castro


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songwriters: LENNON, MCCARTNEY, Magical Mystery Tour lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC