A View from Above 2

A View from Above
Our flight, as the best flights are, was uneventful save for the extra hour we were on the tarmac at Dulles while we waited for a storm to clear out of our flight path. Food was served shortly after takeoff, and then the lights were shut off and we settled in for the long ride. ...

Final Preparations 2

Final Preparations
Before I go on a trip, after I’ve packed and gotten my toiletries put in my bag, after I’ve laid out the books I’m going to take, and the power cords and the computer, after everything is done, I make my final preparation for travel. I take my box of fountain pens and select upwards ...

Taking the time 1

Taking the time
I have a lot on my plate. In less than a handful of days we leave for China, and when we return there will be four of us, not just three. And I have so much still to do, so much to check off, before we go. There’s paperwork to get together that we’ll need ...

It’s the China Countdown 4

Yes, the song came into my head. And yes, I changed the words as I sang it to m this morning. With only five days to go, we are in final preparation mode. I found out yesterday that our visas have finally been approved. (There was a delay due to my employment status. China, apparently, ...

Mile Marker (Lucky) Thirteen 2

Mile Marker (Lucky) Thirteen
Life changes a lot in thirteen years. I’ve moved from New York to Connecticut and back to New York, then across the country to New Mexico, and then back to the east coast to Maryland’s eastern shore and the coolest smallest town in America. I’ve written five books, had one published, and am working on ...

She’s Growing Up 2

I knew this day would come. I only thought I would be more prepared for it. Since the day we brought m home I have read to her at night. Almost every single night (save for those nights that I wasn’t there when she went to bed) I read a story to her at night. ...

Site update 1

I haven’t posted here in a while, but I’ve not been lax in my blogging. I found a new outlet for my work over at OceanCity.com. Here’s are a few of the articles I’ve written over there recently: May 1: The Spirit of “1776”. May 3: Assateague Coast Trust Native Plant Festival. May 11: The ...

Lazy Father’s Day 4

Lazy Father’s Day
I took Sunday off. I usually take Sunday off from doing work, from writing and from housework. I can’t always get away with the second, but taking a break from the first helps me regroup in my mind, and helps me collect my thoughts from the previous week. Yesterday was special on many counts, and ...

Cricket and the IPL: When it all comes down to the final over 2

Cricket and the IPL: When it all comes down to the final over
One palpable and recurring result of having spent a month in Bengaluru, India, in 2009, is my now annual obsession with all things cricket and, specifically, all things India Premier League, or IPL. Yes, after years of training by my father and my brother it took a month in India to make me a sports ...

The Most Common Question 2

The most common question I get asked about adoption is why we chose the places we have adopted from. It’s a hard question to answer easily, because there are so many factors that come into play when choosing to adopt a child. We began talking about adopting a second child little more than a year ...