Advice from years of bargaining in souks & bazaars

Here are my subjective general rules and advice for travelers in foreign markets and bazaars gleaned from many years of bargaining in Turkey, Nepal, India, South America, China and North Africa.  In some of these countries US$ are accepted in additional to the local currency, so it’s a good idea to bring $1 and other… Continue reading Advice from years of bargaining in souks & bazaars

Building a Microstock Tracking System – Part 1

Making money from your photography seems so simple Just upload your images to a microstock agency, then sit back and let the money flow in. But it’s soon clear that there’s a lot more to do. And today it’s harder than ever to make a reliable income from microstock. Newcomers are quickly overwhelmed with tasks:… Continue reading Building a Microstock Tracking System – Part 1

Forgotten books of World War II

 I discovered Pipeline to Battle a few years ago, in its original 1943 pocketbook edition, along with yellowed paperback editions of the other books described below.  It’s one of a neglected / forgotten series of books written shortly after the war by mostly lower rank active participants. These give a better overall understanding of World… Continue reading Forgotten books of World War II

Pipeline to Battle – a Memoir of World War II

When the Jasmine revolution of early 2011 erupted, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt returned to the headlines; probably the most active coverage since World War II with the Desert Rats and Rommel’s Afrika Korps.  Libya’s eastern province was known as the Western Desert in World War II since it protected Egypt’s western border.  Throughout the early… Continue reading Pipeline to Battle – a Memoir of World War II

King Hereafter – Dorothy Dunnett’s recreation of Macbeth

King Hereafter – Dunnett’s unique retelling of the Macbeth story — actually, most resemblance to Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish Play’ is purely incidental.  Like the revisioning of the Arthur tales by Bernard Cornwell, Mary Stewart and many others, the barebones of what we think we know of the story become mere background whispers. For example, in Dunnett’s… Continue reading King Hereafter – Dorothy Dunnett’s recreation of Macbeth

The Road Wigan Pier – George Orwell on Fascism

Hoard of United States penny coins isolated on table

He realizes that the standard progressive stance fails to see that many of the goals of MAGA are compatible with a progressive program – it’s the higher-level ideology that results in the cause ‘that dares not speak its name ‘– fascism.

Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow – Maria Coffey

The Dark side of Extreme Adventure – Maria Coffey Losing a friend or loved one is never an easy process, but it becomes even more tangled when they leave for a mountain adventure and never return.  I first experienced this in the early 70’s when 3 close friends were killed while attempting Mt. Elias in… Continue reading Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow – Maria Coffey

Best Way to See Seattle is to Leave It

Take one of the Washington State ferries from Seattle. The boats run frequently.. There may be waits for cars on weekends and holidays, but bikes and walkers always get on. Seattle waterfront skyline,with ferry, Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest The ferries bound for Bremerton and for Poulsbo leave from the same dock in downtown Seattle.    Adult… Continue reading Best Way to See Seattle is to Leave It

Goats Do Roam

Audrey & I were on a cross country trip in Olympic National Park here in Washington.  On our second day, we’d dropped packs on the trail to climb the rotten rock pinnacle of Cruiser.  All went well until on descent we saw a group of mountain goats examining our packs. Alternately glissading and sliding on… Continue reading Goats Do Roam

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