Bus & Bonfire Bonding in Yosemite – Green Tortoise Adventure Travel

I write as I finish a big plate of pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. And coffee. I spent the night sleeping in a big green bus with 13 other people, most of them under thirty. I’m on a Green Tortoise Adventure Travel tour of Yosemite National Park. This is day three. My friend, Bonita, has been talking forever about how great the GT trips are, so I decided to do one three-day trip Continue Reading →

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 →