Aileen Torres Bennett Fiji
Adventure, Books, essay

Leaving a Little of Myself Behind in Fiji

Our time in Fiji is coming to a close. We've lived here for four years, and it's been a wild ride--at turns challenging, eye opening and enjoyable. I have grown in new ways; perhaps, most importantly, in my understanding of what matters--moment to moment and in the grand scheme of things. As we prepare for… Continue reading Leaving a Little of Myself Behind in Fiji

The Art of Learning Josh Waitzkin
Art, audio, Books, essay, fitness, Music

Express Yourself: Making Smaller Circles

Essay with audio

Janis Joplin ATB
Art, essay, Music

Ode to Janis

I've been revisiting Janis Joplin lately, listening to her albums with Big Brother and the Holding Company and her one and only solo album, "Pearl." "Pearl" was one of my first CDs. I was instantly drawn to the music on the first listen. I was in my late teens and in the thick of my… Continue reading Ode to Janis

waves Tongatapu Tonga
essay

Hunga Rattles Our Front Door, All the Way from Tonga

This past Saturday in Suva was a rainy one. Tropical downpours are typical this time of year; it's summer here and cyclone season. In the late afternoon, I heard a deep, persistent rumbling. It fluctuated between low and loud. Our dogs, Guthrie and Jolene, were nervous. I walked out into the yard to find where… Continue reading Hunga Rattles Our Front Door, All the Way from Tonga

Dave Grohl ATB
Books, essay, Music

Books: Dave Grohl, The Storyteller

When we were at LAX, coming back to Fiji from our latest return trip to the U.S., I picked up Dave Grohl's new memoir, "Dave Grohl, The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music." I read it during Christmas week and absolutely loved it. Such a pleasure. If you like rock autobiographies, this is up there… Continue reading Books: Dave Grohl, The Storyteller