A Human Hibernation

A Human Hibernation

“Write a  blog post!” my friend Mike emailed me recently, a smiley face emphasis at the end of the sentence.  Mike is a sunny guy who started following me years ago and now I’m friendly with his whole family. Lovely folks. I’d like to make Mike...
A Saturday In Spain

A Saturday In Spain

In the morning, the snail seller sits under a white umbrella, legs spread wide like thick posts to support his bulk.  Every so often he stirs the mountain of translucent white and beige snails in front of him with a stick, as if to prove they’re still alive...
The Jet Bet

The Jet Bet

What started out as an invitation to see the aircraft of the Spanish Armada turned into a point of pride.  The bet, if won, would give one person bragging rights in perpetuity and the other, a bunch of dirty dishes to wash. Captain Ignacio Villanueva is the Fleet Air...
Beware The Artificial Sun

Beware The Artificial Sun

This old Spanish palacio has amazing light.   It streams through the wavey windowpanes, deepening colors and infusing space with emotion.  Unfortunately, what this house does not have is amazing heat.  In fact, it has no heat at all, except what comes in the form of...
The Christmas Blues in Spain

The Christmas Blues in Spain

Fog shrouds the street here in southern Spain, casting a melancholy feeling over the bright lights of Christmas. It makes me feel a little foggy too, not sure how to react to being back here.  I miss my mom.  And my dad.  And my sister Simone, although she is very...
City Of 100 Palaces

City Of 100 Palaces

El Puerto de Santa Maria is known as The City of 100 Palaces.  These palacios are boxy homes built in the 17th and 18th century when Spain was still flush from its voyages to the New World.  In fact, Cristobal Columbus sailed from El Puerto on his second voyage to the...