The author, such that I am

academic--incessant reader--traveler--recommender--grammando

I tease that I teach for the glamour and the money, but really do it for the students and the travel--preferably combined.

I've been fortunate to see parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Italy, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and China.

I've traveled with students to France, Italy, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and China.  Sometimes I'm in charge, and sometimes I just pretend to help.

Work has also sent me, through conference travels, around the United States and to South Korea, China and Italy.

(See, it really is for the students and the travel.)

I adore almost all things Disney, and I've visited the Disney parks in Orlando, Anaheim, Paris and Hong Kong.  The park in Tokyo continues to elude me.

I don't understand those that travel and expect everything to be just like home.  If that's all I wanted, I'd just stay home and watch Rick Steves on PBS.  I may try something new (an unusual food, a squatty potty) and decide that I prefer what I have at home, but I'm richer for the experience, nonetheless.

I love a good train trip and a good glass of hard cider.

E-readers have saved my sanity in this day of strict luggage regulations.  No one who reads as much as I do could leave home for weeks at a time without either an e-reader or a designated bag of books.

That's about all.  If you're interested in my specific opinions on books, you can also find me on the interwebs here and here.