Marina Beach on the Bay of Bengal: Horseback Rides, Freshly Roasted Corn on the Cob & Kalashnikovs

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

Swimming to Italy: Finding my happy place on the French Riviera

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.

How Can You Travel on the French Riviera When Children Are Starving in China?

"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?

Jazz: A Lingua Franca with Body & Soul

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