Micro-achievements

If you are the author of an adventurous travel blog and by chance just uploaded photos of your latest trip to Antarctica, don’t read on..  you will not be able to relate to someone like me. This is not me below. I am happy when I remember to take my vitamins, drink 64 oz of…

Fighting for Fallujahs

When Iraq’s Prime Minister triumphantly announced the recent recapture of Fallujah, he told (commanded?) his countrymen to celebrate. As I stared at the photo of crumbled buildings and empty streets  I had to wonder, “Why on earth were people still fighting for Fallujah?” Fallujah is a small city located about 50 miles west of Baghdad….

Finding my way back

It was visually bloody and gross, but more than that, it was completely overwhelming. I was watching a TV documentary years ago about a team of doctors separating a pair of Siamese twins. At one point, about 10 hours into the operation, the table  looked like a jumble of human puzzle pieces.  I was literally…