© 2018, Lisa Weldon, Inc. Author

50 Years – Has Anything Changed?

I wrote this piece for a writing class four or five years ago. After listening to all the MLK tributes yesterday, I thought it might be worth resurrecting. “Is it fair to hold OUR children back in order to let the negrah kids catch up?” I was only 16 when I heard these words come from […]

writing - April 5, 2018

I get low right about now every year.

I get low right about now every year. I’ve often wondered if it was simply the cold weather. Being a Southerner, I don’t take kindly to frost. Or maybe the cold holds me back from walking as often, or even feeling motivated to do so. Or is it the adrenalin hangover after the hustle and […]

aging , Learning , NYC , Shanghai , writing - February 3, 2018

My Dad

One of the gifts I received while working with writing tutor Jane Gassner came after she pushed me over and over again to get my 87-year-old mother to share her story. Jane insisted I understand how my mother’s upbringing, her marriage to my father and the times in which they lived impacted my own life’s […]

writing - June 18, 2017

Just Everyday Stuff in Shanghai

Navigating this town is hard. Well, let me clarify. Not having any knowledge whatsoever of the language makes getting around a tad difficult. Luckily, street names are listed on the signs in both Chinese and English. And luckily I have Apple’s map app on my phone (remember Google Maps is censored) plus a paper map, both in […]

Shanghai - December 4, 2016

Wandering Around Shanghai

Life in China has not been a total bed of roses, let me assure you. This apartment has one of those interior mounted heating units which are quite common in many countries I’ve visited. The problem is that all the buttons on the remote are in Chinese. Luckily I downloaded WayGo, a visual translation app […]

Shanghai - December 3, 2016

My Shanghai Pad

Ok, I must admit. Today took everything I had in me to follow through with a big fat statement I’d made. When in a new city, I like to live like the locals live, in an apartment or in a home. Shanghai was no exception. My friend Casey had asked if we could stay in […]

Shanghai - December 2, 2016

In the French Concession

I arrived in Shanghai in one piece and quite rested. Having an entire row to myself on the plane allowed me to get plenty of sleep. My first impression of Shanghai came as I exited immigration control. A man wearing a badge that read, “Airport Personnel,” stepped out from behind his counter and asked if […]

Shanghai - November 27, 2016

My First Visit to a Communist Country.

Well, from what I’ve heard from my internationally savvy friends, I should have probably chosen to visit Beijing versus Shanghai. “Will you see the Terracotta Army?” is the most commonly asked question of me. Next, it’s the Great Wall, both more accessible to Beijing than to Shanghai. The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, other regional […]

Shanghai - November 25, 2016

Where Next?

Oh, me. What have I done? It was a typical Monday morning. I woke up about 6, crawled out of bed and walked directly to the kitchen to get my coffee started. While it brewed, I parked myself in front of my computer and started scrolling through my clients’ social media pages, then turned my attention […]

Shanghai - November 12, 2016

Istanbul during Ramadan 2016

I travel on a very limited budget. The down side of that is I seldom discover the art of fine dining in the places I visit. The good side is that I often end up sitting in a park, eating street fare, amongst the local color. Or in some hole-in-the-wall where a bored waiter decides […]

Istanbul - June 17, 2016

Ah, History!

I’ve always hated history. Ever since the 7th grade at Sidney Phillips, when my social studies teacher made us memorize an exhaustive list of wars and Louises with Roman numerals, I tuned out. I know history is important, but its not my thing. I’m much more curious about events and people of today and what’s […]

Istanbul - June 10, 2016

Istanbul, June 2016

Not good. Four days in this intriguing city is way short of what it’ll take to really see it. We had just gotten settled in our apartment. With the front windows open, we were enjoying the breeze and watching the sun set over the Sea of Marmara when we heard a man’s voice begin to […]

Istanbul - June 8, 2016



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