Stories

 

UPCOMING: Two of my newest stories will appear in August, 2015, in the new anthology Wandering in Cornwall — Mystery, Mirth and Transformation in the Land of the Ancient Celts. Another story will appear a month later in the Bradt Guides’ anthology To Oldly Go.

Read my stories in the following publications:

Wandering in Paris coverTwo of my stories, “My Phantom of the Opera” and “The Bracelet,” appear—along with 24 other stories and poems—in the award-winning anthology Wandering in Paris — Luminaries and Love in the City of Light.

More than a city, Paris is actually a world of its own, and the stories in this collection uncover some surprising new facets of the much-celebrated metropolis. My fellow writers connect with all that makes Paris astounding: Addressing Parisian luminaries, art, fashion, music, cuisine and passion, they present a sometimes shimmering, sometimes shadowy picture of a city that defies cliché.

I discovered the magic of the Paris opera house–once called the Academie Nationale de Musique; now known simply as Palais Garnier—on my first visit to the City of Light in 1993. Golden dreams flickered in the candlelit glow. My heels clicked on M. Garnier’s priceless marble as, wearing emerald silk and holding Jack’s arm, I sashayed down the staircase into the grand foyer. There, a Versailles-like gallery of windows, mirrors and candelabra shimmered under a pastel-painted sky peopled by wispy figures from Greek myth. (Excerpt from “My Phantom of the Opera”)

 Wandering in Paris won top honors from the 2013 London Book Festival in the anthologies and collections category.

 “Wandering in Paris is not only one of my favorite things to do in the world; it is also the title of this marvelous new collection of stories and poems …. a transportive book.”
— Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage

 

 

“Bali Shadows and “Authentication Failed,” join twenty other stories and poems, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying–in the anthology Wandering in Bali—A Tropical Paradise Rediscovered.

From computer glitches to shadow puppets, temples, Balinese feasts, classical music and dance, I and my fellow writers sample and share the multiple faces of Bali.

“…Sitting on the lanai, I remembered our first day there: the air heavy with the fragrance of frangipani and promised rain … the thrumming of an afternoon downpour on our thatched roof … the sound of sawing cicadas and the whoop of a kingfisher diving in the gorge.”

The buzz on Wandering in Bali:
“For centuries, Bali has drawn souls from east and west to its natural beauty, mystical spirituality, and captivating arts. This collection of stories, poems, and photographs offers multiple windows from which to view this engaging place, all presented with rhythms and moods as melodic as the sound of the gamelan.”
—Larry Habegger, Executive Editor, Travelers’ Tales Books

“Like renting a frangipani-scented hut, kicking back and sharing the sensory wonderland that is Bali with a bunch of your fast friends—if your friends knew how to tell really good stories.”
—Spud Hilton, Travel Editor, SF Chronicle

On sale now from Book Passage, the Bay Area’s favorite bookstore:

“Toboggans and Bouzouki Music”

Published in the anthology “Travel Stories from Around the Globe by Bay Area Travel Writers.”

Surprise, serendipity, connection, and personal transformation — you’ll find them all in this delightful anthology of 23 juried stories by San Francisco’s Bay Area Travel Writers. Introduction by Don George, Editor-at-Large for National Geographic Traveler.

What do  toboggans and bouzouki music have in common? They both represent steps on my potholed road to recovery and my return to adventure travel.

…”I cringed. I waffled. My stomach flipped and flopped for seconds that seemed like minutes. Then …  I shrugged my shoulders, crouched and lowered myself gingerly into the shiny bullet, feeling like a human cannonball–and just about as smart.”

 

 

“Why I Still Travel to the Wild”

Published in the travel anthology Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, 101 Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion, and Joy.  Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing,  2011.

This story is a reflection on my (some might say stubborn)  determination to continue traveling to remote corners even after my health was compromised by a stroke and autoimmune disease, “…perilous places–the jungles of Thailand or Borneo or Papua New Guinea, for example, where the water is often unsafe and the food chancy…”

Available  at bookstores as such Book Passage and at online stores such as Amazon.com  and Barnes & Noble

“Dodging Snakes in Costa Rica”

Published in the travel anthology Wandering in Costa Rica:Landscapes Lost and Found, Wanderland Press, October 2010.

When you’re as afraid of snakes as I am, a Costa Rican jungle is (perhaps) not the best place to travel alone. Or is it?

Read my first-person tale in Wandering in Costa Rica: Landscapes Lost and Found, described as “a delightful anthology of more than twenty short stories and poems about one of the world’s favorite vacation spots by travel writers from Costa Rica and the U.S. From rainforests and volcanoes to tropical beaches, butterfly gardens, colorful towns and villages, the writers wandered the country and brought back a fine collection of poetry and stories that present Costa Rica in richly personal style.”

Download the book (PDF) free or buy it in paperback here.


Articles

 

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“Too Young to Have a Stroke,”

Good Housekeeping Magazine

Read my first person account of what it was like to experience the unthinkable… to be perfectly healthy yet have a stroke at only 48 years old. Read it here

 

“Could You Have a Stroke?”

Strokes can affect anyone at any time, but you can significantly reduce the likelihood of having a stroke by lowering your risks. Read how in my story for Good Housekeeping. Read it here.


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“My Collision with the Hidden Risk Factors for Stroke”

Stroke Connection Magazine, a publication of the American Heart Association.

I was dumbfounded after it happened. Only 48 years old and perfectly healthy. How could I have had a stroke? Read about the hidden risk factors for stroke you need to know about to reduce your own risk. Read it here.

Also read the sidebars:

“Know the Warning Signs of Stroke”

“What Women Need to Know About the Hidden Risk Factors for Stroke”

My story “What Women Need to Know About the Hidden Risk Factors for Stroke” was reprinted with permission by these organizations and others:

American Heart Association web site: About Stroke

Stroke Information.Net: Learn About Stroke

The article was also cited in the book Women and Stroke Research, Jean Candolotti and Jason Burnside, eds., Nova Science Publishers, May 2008

“The Hidden Risk Factors of Stroke”

The Goddess Fund website Real Stories.

The Hazel K. Goddess Fund For Stroke Research In Women, Inc. is a charitable research organization founded with the mission “to eradicate stroke as a threat to women’s health through research, public education, and by empowering women and their families to demand better cerebrovascular health care.” Learn more about The Goddess Fund.