Inspiration from Helen Keller

Since Jocelyn’s school had the day off today, it was the fourth day of our holiday weekend. And since it was a Tuesday, that meant both girls could join me at my weekly Rotary luncheon meeting. Coincidentally, I was today’s speaker finder, having invited San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio to speak to the club.


Ice Cream Specials Benefits RotaCare

Jocelyn and her friends — with a little help from Felicia — completed their second Ice Cream Specials fund raiser earlier in August, raising $98 to benefit the Washington School RotaCare medical clinic in San Jose. As a token of appreciation, the clinic presented both girls with certificates after giving them a tour of the […]

Ice Cream Specials Returns for 2007

Last year, Jocelyn put together an “Ice Cream Stand” on the weekend before school started to welcome everyone back for the summer and to raise a little money for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Ice Cream Specials

This year, she did it again — with Felicia’s help and a new non-profit recipient …..

Jocelyn […]

Incredible Cappadocia

Original Title:”Most Incredible Thing Ive Ever Seen”

Oh my God! No time to blog …. and the keyboard changed again … but this is the view from my room in Cappodocia region of central Turkey. I am not kidding. This picture doesn’t even do it justice. … more later …..

Cappadocia is an incredible region […]

Quick Visit to Asia Minor

Today’s activities began with a bus ride to a ferry terminal in southern Istanbul, which officially marked my first visit to the mysterious continent of Asia. We crossed the Transcontinental Bosphorus Bridge at 8:25 am EEST.

We rode the ferry across the Sea of Marmara to the city of Yalova, near the epicenter of […]

But It’s a Turk?sh Heat

Oh boy ?s ?t hot here ?n Istanbul! It was a balmy 36 Celsius today (that’s 96 to you and me), and the humidity was equally extraordinary.

We spent the day touring famous locations ?n Istanbul, ?nclud?ng the Dolmabahçe Palace, Blue Mosque, the Church of Hagia Sophia, the Roman Hippodrome and undreground c?sterns, and […]

Children’s Playground In Ihtebaglari

The computer connection is slow, so you won’t be able to see all of the 500+ pictures I’ve taken so far, but it’s a start: Check out the 2007 Turkey Photoset.

Today was our visit to the playground site (co-sponsored by the our family and Istanbul Yesilkoy Rotary), built in rural Ihtebaglari, overlooking the […]

Get Your Turkey Jokes Ready …

Many of you may already be aware that I am traveling July 21-31 to the Anatolian Peninsula, including Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Izmir. It’s by far the furthest I’ve ever traveled, and also the longest I’ve ever traveled without family in my own modern era. I, of course, will be fine. It’s you all that I’m […]

We’re a “Paul Harris” Family

Our family’s commitment to our local Rotary Club and to Rotary International is an important part of our identity. The girls enjoy attending events, and appreciate the value they bring to our community.

In Friday night, the Rotary Club of Campbell & San Jose West hosted a recognition dinner for 2007 Paul Harris Fellows, […]