Other Musings


June 1, 2015

“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” — Henry Miller, “Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch.”

Berlin, USA

12 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Berlin

May 27, 2015
German Bread courtesy Alexander von Halem

In the just over a month that I’ve been here in Berlin, I have found this city to be a fun, vibrant, diverse city. In some respects, it reminds me of Philadelphia in that each section of the city has a distinct personality to it, economically and culturally (with the big exception being that it seems hardly anyone is actually from Berlin whereas in Philly, pretty much everyone is from Philly.). Continue Reading…



May 6, 2015

The last experience I had with any type of official German bureaucracy was in January 1990 when I unwittingly got off the train at a station that was in the former East Berlin. I stared at a beefy woman, who I will refer to as Helga. Continue Reading…


Long Night’s Journey Into Day

April 24, 2015
Berlin Hauptbahnhof

First, I realize (now that I’m in Europe, do I type “realise“?) that this is several days late. I promise to post more often. Not an excuse (okay, it’s an excuse), but the jet lag has hit pretty hard. It’s always worse going west to east and I’ve stopped in three different timezones. So that’s the reason (and I’m sticking to it). Continue Reading…

Berlin, General, News

Goodbye LA

April 3, 2015
Los Angeles

I had been talking about leaving LA for so long, that people stopped taking me seriously. The eye rolls and the “yeah, yeah, we’ve heard that forever.”

But it really is easier said than done. Leaving 23 years, a condo that needed to be rented, and some awesome friends behind – that’s a huge chunk of one’s life. But the time has come and it appears the stars have aligned in making it the right moment to do so. Continue Reading…

Berlin, Creative Writing, Travel

The Berlin Adventure Begins

March 18, 2015

Well, it will begin next month. But the preparations are on now. It’s been my dream to live in Europe and I’m finally making that dream come true as I will be arriving in Berlin mid-April to begin my new life adventure. I have been wavering between “I can’t wait to get there” and “what the hell am I thinking?” Continue Reading…

Food, Photos, Travel

The Food Post

April 16, 2014

One of the first questions I always get was, “How was the food?” Pretty much, great. Living in apartments allowed me to shop and make most meals. But what is travel without sampling the food. Here are some of those samplings: Continue Reading…


The Map

April 8, 2014

13 countries, 24 cities, 18,000 miles. From beginning to end, the map of the trek:

The Map