Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to talk with Pauline Frommer of Frommer’s Travel about the nature of travel, its power to heal, and how a special itinerary from Hokkaido Nature Tours helped me through one of the most challenging periods of my life.Read more
A Week of Gratitude – and Exciting Announcements!
With the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday rapidly approaching (it’s Thursday, for those of you living abroad or domestic but lacking a calendar…) I have much to be thankful for this year: I’m thrilled to announce that I just signed a two-book contract for the seventh and eighth Hiro Hattori mystery novels, which will publish in 2019 and 2020. The sixth Hiro Hattori novel, Trial on Mount Kōya, is now finished–and scheduled for release by Seventh Street Books in July 2018. I completed the final edits this morning, and will be delivering the manuscript to my publisher before Thanksgiving Day! (Cause for celebration, indeed!) I’m travelingRead more
Thanksgiving in New York
A couple of months ago, my mother told me her “Bucket List” included a Thanksgiving trip to New York to watch the Macy’s Parade “live and in person.” Last weekend, that dream became a reality. Mom (and I) had been to New York before, on several occasions, My stepfather lived there for several years, during his years with the Associated Press. But my brother, sister-in-law, and their children had not – so we went in a few days early and made a week of it. The highlight of the week, for me, was taking my niece and nephew to their first-ever Broadway performances: CinderellaRead more
The Best Bread Pudding Ever*
* baked at my house…. This Thanksgiving, we’re sharing our home and our holiday with a trio of South Korean exchange students (college friends of my son). In honor of that, and in the spirit of tradition, my menu includes a lot of special dishes. When asked, my son requested bread pudding — a dish I don’t usually make, but which I made on at least one previous occasion (probably only one). I don’t remember the holiday, but my son not only remembers, he wishes I’d made it far more often. Apparently, I get an F in “communicating about the favorite dishes.” In theRead more