IMG_20150720_181906871 (1)I’m a writer who enjoys writing about the pleasures of life: food, drink, travel, fascinating people and interesting ways people have found to make a living. I often write about my own cultural and intellectual explorations: learning languages and history, trying new sports or musical instruments, and whenever possible, animals.

My writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal (where I was a regular contributor to the Leisure & Arts page for 17 years); the New York Times (where my articles appeared frequently in the Sunday Travel section for 13 years); O, The Oprah Magazine; ParadeLadies’ Home Journal; Sunset; Alaska Airlines Magazine; Super Lawyers; Workforce Management; Preservation; The Oregonian and many other publications.

I wrote the screenplay for Finding David Douglas, a documentary film about the peripatetic Scottish botanist that was released in fall 2012. I had a blast writing my comic time travel novel, Date with Destiny, and now I’m seeking an agent.

I was an ardent student of Hawaiiana for several years, studying hula, ukulele and the Hawaiian language, while writing a blog, Hula in Aloha, about all that I was learning. But recently my interests have shifted back to Middle Eastern Studies, for which I received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. I’ve taken up the study of the Turkish language again, with a goal of becoming a fluent speaker of Turkish and someday perhaps residing along the Bosphorus.