The Last Two Legs of My Africa Trip

(Click here for Part One, and here for Part Two.)

Well, I’ve been home for over a week now and between trying to get caught up on work and getting my sleep back in order (apparently jet lag can last awhile) I have not yet done the final post describing the last two countries of my part of the trip — Morocco and Nigeria. Let’s correct that now.

Day 19: Thursday, July 20 — We arrive in Morocco early in the morning (around 8) but cannot check into our hotel until the afternoon (2ish). Apart from that anticipated bump in the road the hotel was nice, among the highlights of our short stay in Casablanca.

We survived our Red Eye flight and now are enjoying breakfast in Casablanca!

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Day 20: Friday, July 21 — We take a tour of the Hassan II Mosque in the morning and then explore the markets in the afternoon.

#Casablanca #morocco

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UPDATED: Maura Went to the Vet Today & She’s Fine

This morning, after dropping off April at work, I stopped to fill up the gas tank and took this photo of the back seat:

We’d gotten out of the house much earlier than anticipated so we had some time to kill before Maura’s 9:45 AM appointment to have a growth examined and likely removed from outside her right ear. Continue reading “UPDATED: Maura Went to the Vet Today & She’s Fine”

What Is The Meaning of This “MAD TAB” Blog?

Here’s the brief story of why I stopped blogging and why I now begin again.

It’s Sunday, May 7, 2017, and today I return to a passion abandoned almost eight years: the personal, fun, hobby blog.

I had kept various blogs and home-pages during junior high, high school, college (1996-2006), and for 3 years after, but in August of 2009 I figured they had served their purpose, and decided to stop. It was then that I stopped blogging for fun and went pro. That summer I accepted a full-time position editing, growing, and developing a media criticism blog for a political non-profit organization. Two years later, in September 2011, I moved to a similar position as associate editor at a for-profit, new media start-up company, editing their lifestyle blog, opinion columnists, and freelance article submissions.

Today I have a foot in both worlds. In May of 2015 I resigned as associate editor and joined a for-profit fiction publisher where I edit and acquire novels and also manage the website. A year later, in May of 2016, I took a second position as coordinator at a research institution/non-profit think tank.

All throughout these changes I poured my energy and focus into the publications I edited — keeping a personal blog like this seemed unnecessary and time-consuming. But now everything’s changed — it’s May 2017, and at both the sites I edit we are now accepting new contributors. (Click here to learn more and contact us with queries or submissions.) It finally feels right again to start a blog that’s casual and fun; where I can experiment with creative ideas and connect with kindred spirits who are interested in the subjects to be featured on this blog.

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