Around the World, Thirty Years Ago

Around the World, Thirty Years Ago

Thirty years ago today, I embarked a trip around the world. My parents had given me the plane ticket as a present after my college graduation, and I had saved money for expenses out of prize money awarded to my senior thesis on Finnegans Wake and from six months of...
Petra, Day 1

Petra, Day 1

I first encountered “Petra” as a college student, when I read Melville’s short story, “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” The story’s narrator makes reference to it when he goes to his law offices one weekend and discovers that his inscrutable scrivener Bartleby has been...
Africa Journal (II) – Amboseli

Africa Journal (II) – Amboseli

On our second day in Africa, we went to Wilson Airport in Nairobi to catch a Safarilink propeller plane to Amboseli National Park, where we stayed at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. Amboseli is 2 degrees 40 ‘ south of the equator, so we were visiting during...
Wildlife Near Where We Slept

Wildlife Near Where We Slept

At the Serena Lodge in Amboseli, Kenya, there were monkeys with bright turquoise balls roaming around … At the Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp in the Masai Mara, Kenya, there were warthogs nosing around outside our tent … … and Harry the Hyrax in the woods...
Africa Journal (I) – The Norfolk

Africa Journal (I) – The Norfolk

One of the wonderful things about living in Abu Dhabi is its relatively proximity to places that are pretty remote if you’re living in New York. We’ve been lucky enough to do quite a bit of traveling in the past few months. My older son went to Ephesus in Turkey with...

Out from Under

On my last day in Australia, I did indeed leave Canberra behind for a jaunt down to the Tidbinbilla National Park in search of marsupials in the wild. On the way there, I made a brief stop outside the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex … where NASA is...