Friday, September 21, 2018

This Side of the Reef (Part Three)

Author’s Note: Every weekend was an adventure. Swimming and diving on the reef in the lagoon, hiking and camping in the cool, dense jungles...

This Side of the Reef (Part Two)

Author’s Note: As a YMCA volunteer in Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) from 1983-1986, I experienced some of the highest, lowest, most frustrating and thoroughly exhilarating...

This Side of the Reef (Part One)

Author’s Note: It was dark and raining as the plane approached the island. Through the gloom I could see some flickering lights of a...

A Visit to an Island Paradise (Part Two)

Author’s note: Weekends with my aiga (extended family) on Manono Island were excellent opportunities to practice my Samoan language skills. My hosts spoke no English,...

A Visit to an Island Paradise (Part One)

Author’s Note: As a YMCA volunteer from 1983-1986 in Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), I enjoyed weekends with my adopted Samoan aiga (extended family) on...

North to Alaska (Part Two)

Author’s Note: In July 1983, my brother Dave and I (a.k.a. Joe Juneau and Skookum Jim) pulled on our mukluks, smeared whale blubber on our...

North to Alaska (Part One)

Author’s Note: In July 1983, my brother Dave and I (a.k.a. Joe Juneau and Skookum Jim) headed off for a three-week trek into the...

Interview with Jim Mielke–Expat Extraordinaire

Editor's Note: This interview with Jim Mielke first appeared in Expat Focus. We thank them for allow us to republish the story. ***************** Who are you? Originally from...

Traveling Road Show USA

Author’s Note: Re-entry into ‘fast lane’ USA after six months exploring the backwaters of Asia was culture shock in reverse – a relief at...

A Tribute to Tahiti’s Alex du Prel (1944-2017)

Editor’s Note:  Several days ago I received the news of the passing away of Alex du Prel, a renaissance man and one of the...