Dear Phil and Jeff, Two guys I admire so! Wow. Thanks to you both for being you. I feel so lucky to have strong male protectors in my life–and I’m proud to include you both in that category. Guys who have been there for me, at pivotal points in both my business and personal life; … More Dear Phil and Jeff, Street-Smarts and Booze
Dear gorgeous sister Frankie, Traveling’s got me thinking of you. Thinking about the travels we’ve done independently, both physically and in our inner worlds; the life we’ve traveled together over the past 5 years of our friendship; the journeys we’ll take on, both personally and with each other, in the future. So much to dream … More Dear Frankie, Chin-Chin, Seychelles!
Dear Mana, Happy New Year! You are on my mind, as I sojourn to lands new to me. I think of you exploring India for the first time, not long ago; I imagine colors and cultural expressions were similarly bright and bold there as they are here in Africa. This trip of mine, like yours, … More Dear Mana, To Be Equal, Not Just Free
Dearest Carrie, I write to you from the plane from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Mahe, Seychelles. Unlike the past half-dozen flights I’ve been on, this one is a “normal sized” plane (Boeing 737), replete with the standard luxuries (and more!) I’m accustomed to while flying. Today, Air Seychelles served us a full meal immediately after … More Dear Carrie, Exploring Internal & External Worlds
Hi, Aman and Semra! Thank you so much for your Christmas greeting. As I told your mom, the recording of Silent Night brought a big smile to my face, and I immediately shared it with the rest of my family. Aman, hearing your booming “Ho-ho-ho, Merry Christmas!” at the end made us all giggle. And … More Dear Aman and Semra: Safari! Animals!
Dear Jenn, I’m writing today to the backdrop of hippos. Can you hear them? They’re noisy as they splash around in the water; giant spashes intermingling with gargantuan grunts and moans. They’re not more than 50 meters from the shaded porch of my safari tent–and thank goodness for shade, as temperatures are more tolerable here … More Dear Jenn, Savannah Sights and Moon Sisters
Dear Rustam and Charlie, I write to you both today–two strong, inspiring men in my life. You have many differences, though you share a fierce independence, fire and zest, loyalty toward those you love. I have felt so supported by each of you over the years, and you have each been formative in your own … More Dear Rusty and Charlie, Fine Wine and Mesmerizing Music
Dear Elyse, Oh hay. So here I am, in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Upon landing, the pilot in our tiny charter plane today took off her headset, turned around, and told us “yep, you’re just about as remote as you could get.” My parents and Clara and I were the only four passengers … More Dear Elyse, Bodies are Weird
Dear Sarah, I think of you, more than anyone else I know, when I think of people who enjoy beautiful drives. I have such sweet memories of you and your kids, packing up in the van and heading out of town. And oh, Sarah, if only you could’ve been here for these last couple days–we … More Dear Sarah, Oh, To Drive!
Dear Emerson, I write to you from bed. Today became an unplanned rest day, due to the fact that my sisters and I are struggling with varying severities of food poisoning. Clara’s got it worst–after a morning of vomiting, she actually fainted in my arms as we were waiting for our Uber to arrive in … More Dear Emerson, Of Safety and Security