The NYT recently featured an article on the Mexican drug wars. The statistics are startling. Until a year ago, the official number was 40,000 but with the change of regime last year, the true stats are being released. The official tally is now 61,637 people who have disappeared since 1964, Ms. Quintana said, the vast … Continue reading How Can 63,000 people disappear?
This afternoon I was on the tram on my way to Taksim Square in Istanbul. I had a meeting in a place I’d never been to and I had to do something I’ve never done before. I was nervous and focused on the task. I arrived at my location and suddenly, in the midst of … Continue reading It’s all my fault…
Major procrastination. Like right now! I should be working on a new Memoir. But, I’m checking out Quora, eating breakfast, trying to make sense out of World Politics and man's determination to kill. Sometimes I wonder if as a society we’ve progressed at all. I retired from a full-time career a year ago. And traveled … Continue reading As a creative writer, what is your day like?
A photo-diary of a Creative in Istanbul on New Years Eve I changed my hair color three times this year. Pink, burgundy and now blue! This shot reminds me of an old Flemish painting…. I have no idea why… There is a sense of peace in a city (Istanbul) where the buildings have been around … Continue reading I hope in the end it is a LOVE STORY
In the fall of 1995, Nov. 4th, to be exact, the Prime Minister of Israel was assassinated. I remember driving the Sea-to-Sky highway from Whistler British Columbia to Vancouver Airport. I was going to a funeral. The year before, 1994, I went bankrupt. I lost my manufacturing business in Montreal and my home. My husband … Continue reading An Assassination and a Funeral
Writing is not something you choose to do. Writing chooses you. What you decide to do with your gift is up to you. I’ve always lived inside my head. I have a vivid imagination—not just for fiction but for living. I can picture myself on a plane to anywhere, anytime, even right this moment! I … Continue reading What advice would you give to a want-to-be writer?
One must start the day off at Starbucks, and yes, Cats are revered in Turkey, in the Islam religion, so this beauty was saying hello to everyone before she went on her independent Christmas Eve day. I sent Santa this above message and followed it up with the one below, because last year I was … Continue reading Christmas Eve (for an non-traditional girl) in Istanbul. A photoblog
Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate, Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. If you’re a fiction reader and love mystery and … Continue reading What books left a lasting impression on you? Quick 1, 2, 3!
I knew I liked to shake up my life, but this year has been amazing! It’s almost 2020, so I’m taking a moment to look back and do the proverbial: how did Lynda do in 2019? But today I’m going one step further, I’m going ALL the way back. How many times can I re-invent … Continue reading How many times can you reinvent yourself?
I LOVE that I am fearless and refuse to live my life the way society dictates. Every morning I find joy in my love of life that has led me to adventures beyond what I ever thought possible. Istanbul 2019 I woke up this morning and hit the yoga mat. I have immense gratitude that at 72 … Continue reading If you play by the rules, you miss all the fun!