More Spaghetti in Coquille, Oregon

I am writing as I return from giving a talk to kids at the Coquille, Oregon public library: about my life, my books, and the incredible world out there that I hope they will discover in the years to come. It was part of the library’s summer program. What fun! The kids, from toddlers to fourth graders, were wonderfully attentive as I squawked (and got them to squawk) like a Galapagos frigate bird looking for Continue Reading →

7 Reasons Not To Do a Gap Year (And 11 Reasons to Make It Happen Right Now)

Living with families in homes around the world for 28 years has opened my heart and soul and mind.  I know that if the U.S. had a population that interacted with other cultures, on a face-to-face level, we’d be a much more compassionate, respectful, and understanding country. And the interaction would bring us a lot closer to peace in the world. The most important thing that happens to people who are lucky enough to immerse Continue Reading →

Life Update – June, 2015

I’m long overdue for an update!! I’m doing some serious promotion for TOAFN on the social networks, so I know that many of you are here for the first time. Welcome. Let me start by rallying you all—old and new friends—to help me find paid speaking engagements over  the next year…keynoting conferences, sharing my life and goals with college classes, addressing organizations. In keeping with my nomadic soul, I will go anywhere!!! I have time Continue Reading →