In a moment of wonder, we often encounter the lessons of life. But sometimes the moment is not wondrous at all. It is something very commonplace. Like making a place where people can sit....Many... More > of my life's lessons began with the favorite sayings of my mother - sayings that were posted on the door of her refrigerator or scribbled on the old Presbyterian offering envelopes she always used as scratch paper.
"This book will enfold you like a warm embrace, like a dear friend, like a pool of sunlight on a gray day. It will remind you of what is important in life, and all the good things that are possible. Even if you’ve never been to Shaw Island, Carole’s words will take you to that place inside all of us that longs to be welcomed, and will inspire you to do the same for others. You will never look at a fence or a bench the same way again."< Less
Get ready for a wild ride! Carole's stories span 50 years and bobble close to home and around the world. They roam the yaylas of the Kaçkar Mountains and the highlands of Peru. They explore... More > the streets of Senegal and the violent history of Guatemala. They wander the hillsides of Southern Spain and the steppes of Eastern Turkey. And they ramble the plains of Mesopotamia and the tundra of Iceland.
Hold an assault rifle and a sheep's teat, visit Carole's childhood bathroom and her husband's dresser, careen the streets of Trabzon and join the Order of the Golden Dragon. Cook flat bread over an open fire, make friends around the globe, and sleep in a French garret and a Turkish container.
You'll float a log to Yellow Island and take a plane with a hole in the wing, meet a Kurdish housewife and the women of Paris. You'll drink tea with armed guards and collect dead birds along the road. Prepare to expect the unexpected.< Less
A book of short stories that take the reader from chicken ownership, gardening and beach combing on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest to Africa, Central America and Asia. Laugh your way through... More > sleeping in a Costa Rican brothel, the perils of gypsy caravans in Ireland, peeing in Japan, gagging over caviar in the Sudan, sleeping atop a VW van below Kilimanjaro, an Italian soap opera and a sari falling off in a crowded train station in India. Cry your way through the garbage dumps of Guatemala, a tragic rape in Costa Rica, the townships of apartheid, and an amazing reunion with a child given up for adoption. Learn about camel riding in the desert, sailing the islands of Kuna Yala, months of camping on a Central American beach, exploring Eastern Turkey and couch surfing round the globe. This book explores places off the beaten track and is a manual for a unique mode of budget and heartfelt travel.< Less