Amsterdam library treat

Amsterdam’s central library Libraries don’t have to be boring. In April this year, before we left for our trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland, a friend encouraged us to visit the new central public library in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. “It overlooks the water,” she said, “and it is modern and … [Read more…]

Cults and Critical Thinking

On April 23, 2015, I had the honor to address a religion class studying “Extreme Religions” at Rollins College, my alma mater. I’ve made sharing my cult story a service to the college. Dr. Todd French, Professor of Religion, had invited me to speak about my 17-year commitment to the fundamentalist cult, The Way International™ that recruited … [Read more…]

Time Travel – New Zealand 2009

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New Zealand – this was our first stop on a 4 1/2 month journey to 6 countries and Tibet. The following is an email I sent to family and friends, published here as part of a trial run for an eventual travel book. Comments are welcome! January 26, 2009 Hi … [Read more…]

Cuba – Hemingway’s Place

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  Ernest Hemingway in Cuba’s tropical paradise A must-see historic site, even for non-Hemingway fans, is his hilltop house in Cuba. During our trip to the island in 2013 with Friendly Planet Tours, the weather was perfect for a peek around the property. In the late 1920s, Hemingway stopped at this … [Read more…]

Cuba – Around Havana

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  2012. We traveled to Cuba with a Friendly Planet tour of about a dozen Americans flying from Miami to the Jose Marti Airport outside Havana. Flight took 45 minutes. Up, down before you drink a glass of water. Flash forward to 2015: If you haven’t heard, for the first time in 50 … [Read more…]

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