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Food Adventures: New Orleans Cajun: Boudin Sausage

So this woman goes into a restaurant ... and asks the gal at the counter to explain "Boudin Burger". Pronounced BOO-DAN, this complex artisan sausage is phenomenal! Click below to read "Southern Living's" take.

Boudin Sausage

Friends Update: Nancy, Gary, Liem, and the joys of giving.

I continue my "Friends and Other Heroes" page with a fun look at Leavenworth, WA and our time there with Nancy Kaplan and family! Take a look for more info on this charming "Bavarian" village.

Leavenworth, WA

My blog: MOATET

I made a decision this month to use "Musings of a Traveling English Teacher" to explore the many conversations I've had with some of the exquisite people I have met on this journey.  This week, I share the smiles of Sony, my salon artist from Nepal. Turns out the language of "hair" is universal. Click below to read her story.

Color and Cut

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The year is 1969, and I have just turned 10. Departing from Baltimore, I am hauled around the country in the back of a "goldenrod" VW pop-up, trying to ignore my two younger brothers.  I read, swat mosquitoes, wash dishes, and complain some (no air conditioning) but on a bar stool in California I get to watch Neil Armstrong land on the moon.If you've seen or read The Glass Castle, that was kind of us, although we did have a permanent home.Meanwhile, Ken was growing up in Libby, MT, but only 7 years old! He and his two younger brothers were hauled around in their own camper, to and from endless, boring rodeos. (Not surprisingly, both of us were often carsick.)His camper perched over the truck bed and hood, so he could ride up top and see the road ahead. (I always wanted one of those.) Now that's illegal, I believe, but it was the 60's.It took another 25 +/- years for us to meet, but we were travel partners all along.  We have our parents to thank for their tenacious ability to look beyond the front yard and not fear the borrow pit. Our kids have done the same.

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