2012: The Year in “Wow, that happened?”

by Zora O'Neill on January 3, 2013

Ah, the year-end recap. Some silly things, some momentous things–and not just a rehash of old blog posts. Genuine new material here. 1. We got a pet. Well, not really. But we did get Sugar Duck, a very easily anthropomorphized sugar canister from Turkey. He speaks with a lisp, and sounds sweet, but sometimes he […]


5 Good Reasons Travel Is Better When You’re Older

by Zora O'Neill on December 3, 2012

Travel life is better after 40.

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Summer Break #1: Name That Fruit! (A Mediterranean Mystery)

by Zora O'Neill on September 12, 2012

Help me out here, Internet. I’m trying to identify a mystery fruit. Or maybe fruits. There are three stories to tell: Incident #1: Lebanon A nice Druze woman on a bus in the Chouf mountains in Lebanon told me her favorite fruit was Persian aprict–mishmish ajami. She said it stayed green, and was both sweet […]


Summer Break #0.5: Lebanon Mountain Trail

by Zora O'Neill on September 4, 2012

I’m back from an internet vacation, and filing the next rash of posts under “Summer Break.” First, I was in Lebanon. I know it doesn’t look like work, but trust me, I’m writing a book! Later, we went to Greece and Turkey, where I wrote for a bit, and traipsed for a bit. More on […]