Tatlong Taon (Three Years)

They say lightning never hits the same place twice. I disagree because my heart has experienced the exhilaration of lightning striking again. Oddly enough, this lightning both healed and completed a heart, my heart, which had sustained significant damage from the trials of life. I am whole. We are one. She is my forever one forever.…

Priyanka The Adorable

Priyanka most often travels with Sheetal. Typically, at the coffee shop, the two arrive together. It makes me wonder if they are sisters or somehow related. Sheetal sits in the shade beneath the trees while Priyanka goes about requesting coins from the patrons. I understand this technique. When I was in High School undergoing the…

Smiling Sheetal Returns

She was a constant in my life. They were a constant in my life. Every time I stopped at the local coffee shop, she, they, their smiling faces greeted me. I am one of the very few people for whom they smile. For most, they show the sad eyes, the forlorn distant look as they…

Birds & Clouds

I went home to Chicago on a business trip at the end of March. The frigid Winter weather was just starting to loose it’s grip. There were two days which were deemed comfortable, well, deemed comfortable by Chicagoans used to long and bitter winters. This Sunday was one of those days. The thermometer hit 55 F…

Living Art

Adjectives can not do justice to the magnificence of the Hagia Sofia. I find it hard to believe that this amazing structure was built in the early 500s AD. Originally built as a Christian church. In 1453 it became a Mosque when the Ottomans conquered the city. Finally, in 1935, the Mosque was converted to a…

Unheard Stories

This elderly, shoeless lady occasionally walks the streets around my favorite coffee shop begging for coins. She is quite persistent in her attempts to collect a few rupees. Her skin is weathered to a point that it almost looks like worn leather. One day as she was walking away from me I noticed she has symbols tattooed…

Hofbräuhaus München

A beer drinker I am not. If I hazard to guess, prior to this evening at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, I had had about 2 to 3 beers over my entire life none which I liked. These were imbibed as a youth in a vain attempt to cultivate a taste for the beverage and to catch…