Mary Allan recalls: When I was about nine years old I had two large closets in my bedroom. One was for me, and the other one was a mystery. My mother had told me not to open the closet door as she had some valuable clothes hanging there. … Read the rest
Mary Allan writes:
A friend asked me what was my favorite type of vacation. The answer was easy…a cruise.
From an early age I went sailing in Canada with my father, and later my Uncle Lorne. My family had always been sailors, whether on a sailboat or one of the ships of The Allan Line.… Read the rest
Thanks to Ty Rossmellia, an article on my computer caught my eye, “Fly With An Astronaut at Kennedy Space Center”. I’ve been almost everywhere else, why not space?
When I met my son’s father, he was working on the Apollo Space project in St.… Read the rest
Recently, we’ve all seen a credit card ad featuring a jean-clad, motorcycle riding, young Marlon Brando. When I spent two weeks in French Polynesia years ago, I wondered what Tetiaroa (a small collection of a dozen or so islands) was like. … Read the rest
Reading through my son’s summary of a top-selling book, my brain began to hurt, my eyes fogged over and my attention span came to a screeching hault.
Charlie’s interpretation was a jumble of words, complex phases and disjointed thinking which had to come from the author. … Read the rest
Just when we were beginning to relax at sea and forget about pirates, a new band of “bandits” are out there!
Aqua Expeditions has captured the Amazon River Bandits. The CEO of the company, Francesco Galli-Zurgaro through Peruvian news agencies, announced the capture of six armed “bandits” who robbed passengers on July 26th on the river vessel cruising the Amazon in Peru.… Read the rest
Throughout April when the Travel Alert was issued April 28 and revised May 8, the world became aware of the 2009-H1N1 influenza. “Flu” has been with us for a long time under various names. My great grandfather and aunt died in Quebec City in the late 1800’s epidemic.… Read the rest
Between you and me, I have never forgiven Napoleon’s soldiers for the destruction they did in Egypt to the Sphinx’s noses! Robin Tauck, owner of Tauck Tours (a tour company who as been in business a long and successful time) recently reported on attending the 33rd annual World Heritage Center.… Read the rest
Whenever I think I’ve lost my “edge” my son, Charlie, updates me! He referred to Mind Before Matter as a “super cool book”. Written by doctorate holders telling their stories from four different perspectives: science, philosophy, PSI (parapsychological phenomena) and communion.… Read the rest
Just the thought of flying trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific exhausts me! Los Angeles to Kuala Lampur (affectionately known as “KL”), New York-Cairo. The most prominent competitive edge for any airline is service and cabin comfort.
Japan Airlines (JAL) recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of their Los Angeles to Tokyo service. … Read the rest
There comes a time when your sight is getting “foggy”. Working on a computer is a chore, and reading glasses don’t help. At my annual eye examination I was told that I had cataracts. The procedure would be that my first eye would be operated on, and one week later the second eye.… Read the rest
When I gave up the illusion that I am a normal human being, I became a seeker of truth and why things are often not what they seem. Christmas Humphrey’s concept of Zen Buddhism was at first, difficult to comprehend. It took a while to learn how to visualize a plain, white wall and clear my mind.… Read the rest
As a child, I went through the Panama Canal with my parents. It was busy with ships from many parts of the world, making room for our ship of The Red Star Line.
Now, I feel that I must return. The Panama Canal is being expanded to almost twice its width, update and preapred for a new world of the 2000’s. … Read the rest
My mother explained, shortly after I began to walk, that I was hatched and not born. She left it at that, and throughout my life I never questioned it. However, to some extent it explains the life I’ve led, and an almost insatiable desire to learn and absorb all I experienced.… Read the rest