The Swordsman

The central shops of Marrakesh all pander to the tourists that pack the market streets, all seemingly selling the same items.  Trinkets and bracelets all identical to the next.  I wanted something different, a better story to tell.  After a while exploring the streets away from tourists I found a small shop.  I was met … More The Swordsman

Airport Guard

“Alright next,” the airport security guard announced, his million repetitions of the same speech crystal clear in its delivery “feet on the yellow footprints, hands on the yellow hand prints”. His tone and manner completely professional but I was about to interrupt his normal work flow. As some people would put it there is an … More Airport Guard

The Wise Man

A message arrived.  It read he would be travelling through the tropical island on which I was staying. It had been close to six months since we first met and travelled together.  I have always, wherever possible, made every effort to spend time with friends in person.  A few messages back and forth we found … More The Wise Man

Unexpected Sunset

I have always enjoyed the rain, especially a tropical storm in the middle of summer when the rain is warm and a wonderful relief from the heat.  I had been walking around Hoi An’s Old Town in the pouring rain.  I took nothing with me that could be damaged if it got wet, no phone, … More Unexpected Sunset