The Cuckoo’s Nest

...And by 'it', I mean those terribly annoying cosmic forces that sometimes seem to come together, all at once, as one, to work against you and make your day go to hell in a hand bag.....

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Sweet Aline

I'm writing this while she is still alive-awful as that statement sounds.  I want her to be able to read the way I feel about her before the inevitable happens-and it will.  We both know it.  My friend, Aline, has ALS. Lou Gehrig's disease.  I was shocked when I found out.  ALS affects more men than …

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letter 6: Mummies, Monkeys, and Murals

Letters From The Nile

Dear Sirs or Madams,

Today has probably been my favorite day so far. This morning, we traveled across the Nile to the West Bank of Luxor, also known as the Valley of the Kings, before setting sail and heading to the town of Qena, also known as Dendera. After the blazing heat of the first half of the day, MiMi and I enjoyed the coolness found inside our suite on board. After a fun. talkative dinner, here we are, getting ready for bed. Time seems to move differently here – it sometimes stops all together, when I watch the swaying palms and falcons circling the hills from the porch in my room or while I’m attempting to read a cartouche on the wall of a tomb. But during dinner, we had been talking for what felt like 30 minutes – it ended up actually being an hour more than we…

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Letter 4: Mosques, Museums, Bazaars and Goodbyes

Dreaming of being there with you, Middle Child 🙂

Letters From The Nile

Dear Sirs and Madams,

So sorry for the delay of this letter, it was just so late last night, I wasn’t able to finish. but here it is, so please, enjoy.  Today was our final day in Cairo. Tomorrow morning, we take a one hour flight to the city of Luxor, in Upper (South) Egypt (the title was given by elevation, not direction). And of course, it was packed with action. Today, we stayed inside the city limits, visiting and experiencing the modern culture of Egypt- with an exception for the Cairo Museum, of course. We saw the hustle and bustle of modern city life and how it mingles with centuries of tradition.

We started our day with a trip to the Citadel- a large fortress built by the first sultan, Saladin,  on the ancient stone quarries of the city, intended to block Richard the Lion Hearted’s forced from entering…

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