16 May, 2012

Photo Essay: The Dry Goods Market in Shanghai

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Outrageously kitschy and cute - baby ponytail holders at the Dry Goods Market in the Nanshi District of Shanghai. Being an indoor bazaar, the Dry Goods Market is indeed "dry," [...]

15 May, 2012

Photo Essay: A Market in Shanghai

May 15th, 2012|Tags: , , |

A tea shop - my favorite photo from our stroll through the market in Nanshi, the Old Town of Shanghai. This area used to be the old walled city of Shanghai [...]

8 May, 2012

A Lane House in Shanghai

May 8th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

I really should have started my Shanghai series with sharing photos of this lane house in the Jing'an District, as it was the first place my friend took me to [...]

1 May, 2012

Photo Essay: Laundry in Shanghai

May 1st, 2012|Tags: , , |

One thing that struck me in Shanghai is that laundry is everywhere, except the strict business area along the riverfront. Otherwise, in any halfway residential area, laundry is hung out [...]

12 Apr, 2012

Photo Essay: Shanghai’s Former Jewish Ghetto

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Old meets new in this view of Hongkou rooftops sharing the sky with the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, built across the Huang Pu River in Pudong, which [...]

1 Apr, 2012

Shipped off to Shanghai

April 1st, 2012|Tags: , |

 The Bund, Shanghai's turn of the century waterfront. I took this photo on my first evening here from a rooftop bar. Just in case you were wondering why it's [...]

17 Feb, 2012

Mitbringsel

February 17th, 2012|Tags: , |

Today I am going to impose on you the German word "Mitbringsel" because there's really no succinct term in English for these things we bring for someone from a trip. [...]

14 Jan, 2012

Space Camp

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My favorite spot at Space Camp this time was the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, a new hall built to exhibit the Saturn V. When I was a space camp [...]

19 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: The Spoils of Travel or What Do You Bring Home from a Trip?

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A month has passed since we returned from our road trip to the Southwest, and only today have I unpacked the last suitcase: mine. It always works like that: I [...]

13 Sep, 2011

Photo Essay: Indiana Beach

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Who wouldn't fall in love with sights like these quirky saucerspouring into each other? Amusement parks are closing as the season ends, and so I'm thinking, wistfully, of our trip to [...]

28 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 13 (the last one): Homestead National Monument

August 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

Then, as now, windmills dot the flat landscape. They provide the crucial source of power to pump up water. After catching our breath at the alpine views of the Rocky [...]

23 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 12: Mesa Arch Photo Essay

August 23rd, 2011|Tags: , , |

Mesa Arch @ Canyonlands National ParkMy son has this view as a wallpaper on his computer, and I have to admit I always thought it was fake until I spotted [...]

19 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 11: Arches National Park Photo Essay

August 19th, 2011|Tags: , , |

To quote my daughter: "This is cooler than Monument Valley." Some whining from my sons was involved because we were "hiking again" until they realized the arches offered climbing opportunities. [...]

17 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 10: Salt Lake City

August 17th, 2011|Tags: , |

My number one goal for our visit to Salt Lake City was to float in the Great Salt Lake. A few years ago on a trip to Israel, we'd all floated [...]

16 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 9: Las Vegas with Kids

August 16th, 2011|Tags: , |

One thing I liked at the Hoover Dam: Those cool 1930s Art Deco towers. What to do in Las Vegas with kids? First of all, I must say Las Vegas, [...]

14 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 8: Wild Horses near Las Vegas

August 14th, 2011|Tags: , |

My daughter's number one wish for this road trip (every family member got one) was to see wild horses. I was nervous about that - after all, they are wild, [...]

10 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 7: Death Valley Photo Essay

August 10th, 2011|Tags: , , |

This photo is a tribute Cath Barton's cover photo "Eleven" of Prime Number Magazine's Issue 11 that also features my essay "Waiting in the Dark." I was about to take a picture [...]

9 Aug, 2011

Road Trip Report 6: The Canyons

August 9th, 2011|Tags: , , |

I haven't quite figured out yet what it means to visit great places like Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park a second time, except that it is [...]

29 Jul, 2011

Road Trip Report 1: St. Louis – Oklahoma

July 29th, 2011|Tags: , , |

Some impressions from the Big American Road Trip with my family, driving from Chicago to explore the Southwest this summer. City Museum St. Louis - the name does it a [...]

24 Jul, 2011

Oklahoma City Memorial: Every Item Had a Story

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We visited the Memorial of the Oklahoma City bombing on Thursday, and it saddens me how oddly fitting that visit now is given Friday’s rather similar tragedy in Norway. Visits [...]

28 May, 2011

Note from Charlotte: Visiting Niki de Saint Phalle

May 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

Last weekend I was in Charlotte, NC for the alumni conference of the Queens MFA Program in Creative Writing, and I made a point of swinging by downtown and the [...]

20 May, 2011

Note from Savannah

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My shot of the outside of the synagogue. I love the mix of palm trees and live oak! Today a short note from my travels: I spent the early afternoon [...]

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