By Mary Kay Seales with guest poster, Peter Klika Elephants are revered by Hindus as a symbol of the god, Ganesh, the god with an elephant's head. He wasn't born with an elephant's head, of course. He was born a normal boy to the great god, Shiva. However, one day upon returning home, Shiva saw… Continue reading Not a Beast of Burden
By Mary Kay Seales "In 2015 Chennai was named the "hottest" city (worth visiting, and worth living in for long term) by the BBC, citing the mixture of both modern and traditional values." What were they thinking? I don't like to diss any place that is not my home because I am a visitor. How… Continue reading Marina Beach on the Bay of Bengal: Horseback Rides, Freshly Roasted Corn on the Cob & Kalashnikovs
My French Riviera is about hiking along winding coastal trails with a backdrop of the blue, blue Mediterranean Sea. My Riviera is about getting dripping hot from a 5-mile hike with the sun beating down. Finally getting to the next little beach where I can shed my shoes and my shorts, and jump into the salty, perfectly cool, aqua-blue water of the Côte d’Azur.
By Mary Kay Seales According to the Nice Convention Bureau website, Nice is the number one tourist destination in France after Paris, with approximately 5 million visitors each year. And for 17 years, I have been one of them. And my observation of the masses that sit on the many beaches of the French Riviera… Continue reading The Magic Pill for Happiness?
By Mary Kay Seales I always knew there was a possibility. I heard tell. But for seventeen years, I have never been stung by a jellyfish on the Côte d'Azur. Until today. OUCH! I knew immediately what had happened because I had been stung once before in the Caribbean when I swam through a school… Continue reading Sting, Stang, Stung!
"Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that 'do what makes you happy thing' in check." Edward Burns By Mary Kay Seales Growing up in the 1950's in the U.S., it was common to hear at any dinner table around the country, "Clean your plate! There are children starving in China!" I don't know… Continue reading How Can You Travel on the French Riviera When Children Are Starving in China?
By Mary Kay Seales “The cool thing is that jazz is really a wonderful example of the great characteristics of Buddhism and great characteristics of the human spirit. Because in jazz we share, we listen to each other, we respect each other, we are creating in the moment. At our best, we’re non-judgmental.” Herbie Hancock… Continue reading Jazz: A Lingua Franca with Body & Soul