Low Context Stranger in a High Context Land

I recently took a trip to Africa and the Middle East – specifically Kenya and Dubai. In Africa, one of my companions, who lives in Uganda, commented that Uganda and Kenya are very high context […]

Reader Poll – What Post Topics Would You Like to See?

(Scroll down for this week’s “official” post.) Hello Readers. My blog is about 5 months old now, and those who read frequently might notice that I cover a broad range of topics. If I were […]

Can you Like the Writing and Dislike the Writer? Robertson Davies’ comments on Lolita

I have loved Robertson Davies’ books ever since I discovered the Salterton Trilogy about 15 years ago. He’s funny, he’s erudite, and man, could he ever spin a yarn. Then, a few months ago I […]

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls – Part III

We pick up the story as I stand in the midst of what is either a ranch or the entrance to the waterfall I have ridden out to see. I’m surrounded by dogs, chickens and […]

Stupid Robbers

I had planned to publish the next in my Waterfall series this week, but I got a little off schedule because, upon returning from a 3-day weekend away, I found that my house had been broken […]

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls – Part II

We resume the story as I am riding up into the hills above Puerto Vallarta. After the turn the road indeed gets steeper and climbs away from the river. This fits with what I was […]

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls – Part I

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls – Part I The setting: Puerto Vallarta. I am there on a 48-hour turnaround, as part of a mileage run. I have been experimenting with unstructured vacation lately, so I don’t […]

Why words matter

The other night I was out on my standard “after dark short route” evening bike ride. I go up the paved Issaquah-Preston trail to the Issaquah Highlands and on up to Grand Ridge Drive. If […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Africa: Part II

(In the last installment, I had just gotten a flat tire on my car.) The next day the tire shop called to say that I would need a new tire. Later, when I picked up […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Africa: Part I

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Africa: Part I For 4 years I have had a Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa card* (I applied for a Bank of America Cloven Hooved Rewards […]