Friday, July 25, 2014
writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Foundation! This entails having a studio up under the roof of Hemingway's birthplace home in Oak Park, Illinois. What could be cooler than writing from Hemingway's attic? It's just a tad intimidating, actually...
My responsibilities also include offering community programming, and my head is already churning with ideas. I haven't even seen the space yet, but before the cocktail party announcing my residency last weekend, I walked by the house and took this shot. More to follow on this once I've "moved in!"
Thursday, July 10, 2014
This is the Tel Aviv building where we are currently staying on the top floor - the penthouse is set back so you can't see it from the street, plus it's rather small. As an architecture aficionado, I thought it would be cool to live in a Bauhaus building, but that also means as an older building it has no bomb shelter. When sirens sound, we huddle in the stairwell with our neighbors, a stairwell that, as you can see, features a column of class windows, which is not exactly explosion-friendly either.
I was going to continue with my Manaus journal, but alas, with air raid sirens howling on a daily basis while I am in Tel Aviv, life has become absorbing in other ways!
In fact, Tablet Magazine has just published my eye witness report: An American Mother Visits Israel on a Mission. Mosey on over there because this Tel Aviv visit is a mighty odd convergence of choice and purpose for me.
Monday, July 7, 2014
A snippet of what it was like to be in the stadium
during a World Cup game
As I look back on that week of traveling to Brazil to the World Cup, I have a hard time separating the air travel disaster from the otherwise thrilling adventure of experiencing the Amazonian rain forest and being in a stadium during a World Cup game. So I think I will run a few "Manaus Journal" posts to share my adventure and to sort it out myself, and hopefully recapture some of the magic of my first foray south of the equator.
We were lucky that the first game we got tickets for was the U.S. versus Portugal (when we applied for the tickets the game schedule wasn't released yet), and so we actually got to cheer for Team USA. The video above was taken by my daughter who had no idea that she was about to capture the first U.S. goal, so her jumping up and our happy screaming are included. Here's to more exhilaration and joy in traveling!