Minding the Gap

  I place two coffee cups gently on the counter, as if each is fragile antique china I had picked up at Portobello market.  The mugs feature a map of the London Underground and the ubiquitous subway warning, “Mind the Gap.” “I’ve been looking for these all over London,” I announce to the clerk in the duty free shop at Heathrow Airport.  It is an hour before our plane will return to the United States, after … Read more…

Moscow Underground: A Travel Essay

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ~Henry Miller~ “But why do you want to go to Russia?”  Our answers varied, depending upon the audience: “Because it is a very old country.” “Because John loves Russian literature.” “Because it is our 30th anniversary, and we want to do something amazing.” The tone of the repeating question, “Why Russia?” resembled the question that our suburban neighbors asked when we moved … Read more…