9 SEPTEMBER 2017 #36 TO KYRGYZSTAN AND INDIA AGAIN

In June I completed 4 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan (as Visiting Professor of English at Arabaev University in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek).  Then home to Washington State, to reside with my elder daughter in Tacoma until my new apartment in Seattle becomes available. Except for August, which I spent visiting friends on the U.S. East Coast, I thought I’d be in Washington for awhile, putting finishing touches on my next book, SPACE AGE CHRONICLES — but weddings of two dear and long-lasting friends have persuaded me to return to Kyrgyzstan and India for the next two months. I left on the eighth of September and will return to the USA on the fifth of November. The first wedding — that … Read More

31 MARCH 2017 #26 TACOMA TO BISHKEK IN 2 HOURS

IN THE NEAR FUTURE, SPACEPLANES — descendants of the Boeing X-37 in this artist’s rendering— will take off from Earth, arc into sub-orbit above the atmosphere (passengers will be weightless for awhile), then glide gently to a landing halfway around the globe in about 2 hours. NOT YET … but spaceplanes are already in development and people with a lot of money are buying tickets. When spaceplanes become common and economical, I can make the flight from Tacoma to Bishkek in about 2 hours. TODAY, however, I am just winding up my 32-hour journey from Tacoma to Bishkek, via Los Angeles and Moscow. — returning to finish my stint as Visiting Professor of the English Language at Arabaev University after … Read More