Riding the “International” (Butterworth, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand)

This is another “recycled blog post” from an old blog from my journey from Indonesia to Europe taken during a sabbatical in 2011. I am concentrating on my travel blogs (mostly by train) instead of the others where I was visiting tourist sights. Here I make my way from Malaysia to Thailand.  Question: What is … Read more Riding the “International” (Butterworth, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand)


Malaysia’s Northeast Line: The Jungle Train (Saturday, June 16, 2011)

This post is from an older blog of mine from when I was on a Sabbatical and traveled overland trip from Southeast Asia to Europe. As much as possible, I traveled by trains.    We pull out of Singapore’s Tangong Pager Railway Station right on time, promptly at 4:30 AM. As we board the train, … Read more Malaysia’s Northeast Line: The Jungle Train (Saturday, June 16, 2011)


Three Reviews: Poems, the Old South, & Storms at Sea

Joy Harjo, Conflict Resolutions for Holy Beings: Poems. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2015) 139 pages. I picked up this book after learning that Joy Harjo has been appointed poet laureate for the United States. It’s exciting because she’s the first Native American to serve in this position. In addition to being a poet, Harjo … Read more Three Reviews: Poems, the Old South, & Storms at Sea


Three Book Reviews (Short Stories, Sailing, and the Environment)

From my recent readings. They’re all different!  Anjali Sachdeva, All the Names They Used for God (Siegel & Grau, 2018), 257 pages. This is a collection of short stories and the first book by Ms. Sachdeva. I heard Sachdeva read from her book last summer when I was at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She … Read more Three Book Reviews (Short Stories, Sailing, and the Environment)