Meditation in Thailand

I’m writing this in isolation. Like so many of us during the Coronavirus crisis, I am social distancing. And one of the things keeping me sane during this crisis is meditation. By crisis, I also mean a time for grieving. What we are feeling right now is grief. It is a loss of what …

Touchdown Jesus in New Orleans

If you’re looking for a ghostly guide to the Haunted History of New Orleans, look no further. This list makes for an easy, self-guided walking tour of the French Quarter – and its hauntings. Why is New Orleans So Haunted? Maybe its the above-ground graves or maybe it’s the colorful history of voodoo and …

Prague from the Charles Bridge

Visiting the Jewish Quarter of Prague can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be logistically overwhelming. Here’s the easiest way to visit Prague’s Jewish Quarter and a bit of background on this little neighborhood with lots of history. Prague’s Jewish Quarter: Layers of History Prague is home to one of the oldest recorded …

Cycle for Survival Chicago

Since my partner died of cancer in a Northwestern Hospital bed on a sunny day in June of 2018, every return to our former home city of Chicago has meant an emotional collapse for me. But not this time. This time I returned for Chicago’s Cycle for Survival event, joining Jeff’s friends in remembering …

Theresienstadt

Picture this: The International Red Cross is coming to the ghetto. Yes, that kind of ghetto. The European ghettos that Jews were forced into during the horrific years of 1938-1945. There is overcrowding. There is stench. There is death. There is death everywhere, in fact. But the Red Cross is coming. The year is …

Never Forget

I hesitated before booking “Hitler’s Vienna: A 2.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour.” The name scared me a little. Would the tour in any way glorify the man? Would I be able to stomach 2.5 hours of learning about Adolf Hitler? In the end, I am glad I booked the tour. In no way did our …