Stairway to Heaven

China, Yunnan, Yuanyang Just a moment. The one when the light marries the rice fields, the one when the drowned terraces shine…the water can sing in the canals and flow from the heights of Yuanyang. The ‘Valley of the Purple Clouds’ opens a panorama where the sensual curves of the terraces delicately intertwine the hillsides.…

Tarragona, Say My Name

On the run from a celebrity encounter with social services in Barcelona, I found myself wrestling with my genius here in Tarragona. The good citizens of this most beautiful Spanish city hardly blinked as I erupted forth into their lives, quietly but powerfully stepping off the bus and crying, “Veni, Vidi, Vici!” For here I…

Summer Learnin', Had Me a Blast

It’s the Summer Solstice! That means lots of people officially have one thing on their minds— vacation. Time off. Holidays in the sun full of romantic adventures. Before I get all Mary-Kate and Ashley movie on you, let me clarify that I’m here today to discuss rest and relaxation of a loftier, more erudite sort. During the seventeenth century,…