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Call for topic requests!

A major goal of mine during this trip is to create written pieces that are both useful and interesting to an audience of: friends, family, former students, former coworkers and their current students, and possible rich and famous publishers. To that end, I would so appreciate any suggestions or requests that you have for blog topics.

The most recent 3 entries were entirely born from the topic suggestion of several helpful friends. Now, what do YOU want to hear about? What would be useful and interesting to YOU? Leave your comments below!


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Wednesday 26th of May 2010

Paysha said... Hey Lil, So I just read through all your entries, pretty much backwards, and getting to your logic at the end...and I am so excited for you. All your reasons make perfect sense and I think this is the perfect time to make this trip. Good for you! I spent my 20s moving around, taking different jobs at newspapers and now, in my late 30s, I am one of those married women popping out a baby, haha! I can promise you it has been immensely and strangely satisfying somehow (having done all that adventuring and working hard for so many years) to spend my days immersed in mundane feeding, diapering, folding laundry. It is just crazy how the smell of Johnson's Baby Shampoo in Maaliq's hair can make me swoon with happiness. I get teary even holding him sometimes! But I digress. What I wanted to tell you is that I really admire your quest, and I especially like the part where you talk about wanting to really write, rather than just talk about it or grading others to do so. Great things are going to come of this, and I am very much looking forward to being in on your adventures from the comfort of my dining room table! I am inexplicably busy all day with all the lovely baby tasks, but I do get these little snatches of peaceful time, and I think living vicariously through you this year (which I plan to spend firmly in baby la-la land) will be just the thing. So...reading your Dubai entry got me great would an essay on that be? You are kind of a hippie, yes? (No offense, but the hammock sleeping really puts you there, that and shopping in your friends closets and loving the bus, haha!) What about an essay looking at Dubai through the eyes of someone who has purposefully made many anti-materialistic choices in her life...and marveling in the glittery fakeness of it all? I can almost smell the sexy men's aftershave from here, and see the shiny Lamborghinis or whatever the hell car is in fashion with crazy rich people these days. What about selling that essay? I don't know the Globe travel section people, but I know lots of folks at the paper, and I bet I could find a name and introduction for you....I would love to see your name in print! To that end, congrats on scoring some goods for your blog entry. Have a great time, I'll be reading and, like I promised, suggesting ideas for your amusement...and let me know if I can help you out with any Globe connections. The Ideas section might be another possibility, and I know the Globe magazine editor pretty well too. Love you much! Paysha

July 29, 2009 12:11 AM

L. Marshall said... Awesome note!! Thank you. I miss seeing you everyday! Gorgeous images with sweet, sweet Maaliq and his adoring mother. It really sounds like you're savoring every moment, as it should be. I do look forward to that part of my life, myself, and eagerly await your insights and reflections on the journey.

MANY thanks for the topic suggestion (though we'll have to wait for late November for that one), and for your offer for the Big Shot hook-ups. We shall be in touch :) Keep me posted on you!

July 29, 2009 2:40 AM

pumsmom said... Always hilarious is a recounting of advice, solicited and unsolicited as you head out on your adventure.

My advice (unsolicited) - don't greet others' food with a bottle of ketchup.

We traveled to Turkey, and joined up with a small tour group to travel the countryside. All of the other people were far older than we were, except for one woman who was traveling with her mother. Our initial thought - someone young and adventurous. Our later realization - someone who gives Americans a bad name. In addition to many other cultural insensitivities, this woman traveled with a bottle of ketchup, which she would take out and plunk down on the table whenever we went to a restaurant. Before tasting ANYTHING she would loudly proclaim that the only way she was going to be able to eat this (fill in the blank) was to cover it with ketchup. Meanwhile, Scott and I had a wonderful experience, reveling in the excellent cuisine (of sometimes untranslated foods), even having the guide give us more and more adventurous (and delicious) morsels to try.

Knowing part of your ancestry well, I don't think this will be a challenge - but consider it one of many bits of travel advice - solicited or not!

July 30, 2009 4:32 AM

L. Marshall said... Lynn, Love the idea and the story. Ketchup!!!!!! Hope you and the family are well. Stay in touch!

August 1, 2009 5:26 AM


Wednesday 12th of May 2010

I love your blog. So much useful information. Thank you very very much.

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