Free Exotic Travel Story: Chestnuts in an open fire…. King’s tomb in Madain Saleh. This fantastic link discusses the Nabatean culture which previously thrived in the area. January 27, 1985 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dear Mom and Dad, I finally got to the desert! It was cold and it rained! Princess M. had 15 tents all set up, with electricity too. It was about 45 minutes from town, in sight of the airport. The tents were: men’s eating/women’s eating, kitchen, sleeping tents (with beds and electric lights) washroom tents (in the sand – no flush or portable toilet) and women’s tea tent, very large with one wall open … Continue reading Free Exotic Travel Story: Chestnuts in an open fire….

Healing with Sound & Solfeggio Sounds

The human body, at different ages, runs from 50 up to 70% water. Different organs of the body have different water percentages. The brain, kidneys and lungs are 80% or more composed of water. The eyes are about 90%. Controversy among commentators about how water reacts to human emotions range from vibrational healing to such theories being debunked. However, engineers know that vibrational energy must be calculated into machinery. Who to believe? Around 1970, a college friend asserted that sugar was a deadly white powder. I should avoid it. Fifty years later, many scientists now agree. I studied magic. … Continue reading Healing with Sound & Solfeggio Sounds

Losing One’s Self-Identity – Dead Dreams

To suddenly, or over years, to learn that your old self will never return is heartbreaking. Accidents, trauma, Covid, even aging, can destroy a person’s self-identity. Rabbit, Run by Updike is a lament for the long-absent glory days of high school. I went from high-energy to physical and mental feebleness. No vitality, no motivation, no desire to do or accomplish a thing. Retirement was planned as a writer’s heaven: time to write and market my books without distractions from students, colleagues, or horrifying bosses. Fatigue terminated all these dreams. I journeyed a maze of psychiatric then biological competent and incompetent … Continue reading Losing One’s Self-Identity – Dead Dreams

Teaching Insanity in Arabia

All Gulf countries probably share similar or worse problems – this was written in Oman While cleaning my home, papers and computers, I found this about teaching. It shocked me. I am surprised I enjoyed the 11 years in Oman – but it was the culture, weather and people. Not teaching. It’s a sad reminder of reality in education around the world. I thought college degrees in the Gulf/Middle East were equivalent to American high school diplomas. Following is a letter I wrote to the Ministry of Education. My first impression is that basic issues at the colleges have been … Continue reading Teaching Insanity in Arabia

An Alchemist at Work

I stand before my kitchen counter. I’ve opened two dark, plastic almond oil bottles. The dark brown coloring protects the oil from possible sun or light damage. I place a tiny plastic funnel into the older bottle’s mouth and pour some newer oil into it. Just some, to raise its low level a bit. Afterwards, I slowly funnel glycerin into both bottles. Glycerin is a commonly used moisturizing additive to oils, skin and other beauty products. I recap the new almond oil bottle, slightly more than half full, and push it towards the wall. I then recap the now empty … Continue reading An Alchemist at Work

Roman Soldier – 8

Like it’s been said, I’m a man of few words.  I learned early that talking just led to trouble. Now my woman, this one, she knows without needing any words. We’ve made up our own language, her and me.  It’s a cross between her village talk and my old Roman solider talk. Continue reading Roman Soldier – 8