Category Archives: Sojourner’s Journal

Best Western Gatwick Skylane Hotel

The Best Western Gatwick Skylane Hotel provided my wife and I with the worst hotel experience since the Grand Hyatt on Nathen Road in Hong Kong infected us with scabies in 1980. During the intervening thirty odd years we have, … Continue reading->

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LA

‘We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.’ –Anais Nin They used to call it LA LA Land. In the 70s the gay crowd started to call it simply, LA – as in the … Continue reading->

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Burkas, Burkinis, and the Culture War

This post is different than my usual posts about our travels and life as sojourners; it is on the topic of the current furor about the ‘burkini incident’ in Nice. Usually I do not comment on current affairs or politics, … Continue reading->

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Spanish Hills

In late January we traveled from Bulgaria to Barcelona, then to Granada, and up into the foothills of the Sierra to live for a while in a village called San Clemente – a village in name only, with six houses, … Continue reading->

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Killing Mr. Jones

“I was twelve the summer I killed Mr. Jones. Everyone in town believed me when I said it was self-defence. But I set out to do what I did and there was anger in my heart along with the fear, … Continue reading->

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Bangkok Blues

Well, the free short story download offer of Bangkok Blues , a Jesse J. Rideout story has finished. It is still on Amazon for the outrageous and astronomical price of $0.99. I know, crass commercialism. But hey, starving writer and … Continue reading->

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Village Life, an Attack, a New Book

We’ve had about a foot of snow on the ground for the past few weeks. Power and Internet were out for two or three days, which provided a respite from all the buzz. Here in the village the snow is … Continue reading->

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Paris On My Mind

After traveling the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain, and for a time joining the fraternity of The Way, after traveling the length of Portugal, after Seville with its otherworldly beauty, after revisiting Barcelona, we returned to the farmhouse hidden … Continue reading->

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What Endures

I’m sitting on the patio drinking a chilled dry rosé from a pickle jar and watching the evening light move across the old chestnut, its leaves and branches going to red and rust. The blue heat of the day fades … Continue reading->

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Things we like about Turkey and Bulgaria

Most of our friends and readers know that ML and I relocate every few months, moving from country to country by various means of transportation as the sprit moves us, and as the current visa regulations require. Thus the name … Continue reading->

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News From the Road

Many friends and readers have asked why I have not been posting to Sojourner’s Journal during the past year. To all who inquired, thank you. I’m pleased that you have found my scribbling engaging enough to follow and to inquire … Continue reading->

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Time’s River

Time’s river seems to be running fast this year. It feels as if we only recently arrived in Turkey, but actually we’ve been here almost five months. When we visit ancient cities, which are as common here as shopping centers … Continue reading->

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Night Train to Istanbul, and Beyond

We departed the Bulgarian village during one of those still midwinter nights when sounds are muffled, the lanes deserted and you listen for the cracking twig, the stealthy footstep, the jackal’s howl.

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Dancing The Night Away

First it snowed. Then a Christmas market popped up, and the season got underway with a round of parties in both the local and the expat communities, Christmas caroling, festive lunches and dinners, friends visiting, kisses exchanged on cold red … Continue reading->

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Being There, and Here

I suppose I have to start somewhere. I haven’t posted in months. I could plead overwork, had to complete two books and get a running start on a third, plus had deadlines for a flurry of zine articles. But truth … Continue reading->

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Twilight

Evening breeze Cherry blossoms falling Storks in pearl colored sky Straw colored wine Raindrops

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Village Life, Spring

Last week there were snow flurries and biting winds. This week spring exploded. Warm southerly winds came up, and tulips and daffodils pushed their way to sunlight. Alyssum, purple clover, cornflowers and bluebells line the lanes and every growing thing … Continue reading->

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The Tao of Survival, Continued

An Approach to Survival: There are other books, some of them good books (I list a few in the “Suggested Reading” section in the back of this book), that go deep into wilderness survival, primitive skills, disaster preparedness and other … Continue reading->

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Living Lightly, Nomads

Most nomads live lightly on the earth. How lightly depends on how they earn their livelihood, their mode of transportation, and other things. We recently met a family of Yurok Nomads in Turkey, part of an extended clan. Their immediate … Continue reading->

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Motorcycle Memories

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d post a love story. This is a somewhat expanded version of the one that’s in Just Passing Through. Motorcycle Memories Chapter Two France the Fair by James Morgan Ayres We rolled off the … Continue reading->

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