It is past midnight and there’s only a few hours that stretch between now and when I need to wake the kids for our flight to Athens.  For the first time in nine years we are not traveling to the US in summer.  Instead, we will join family in Greece to search for the roots of the Livieratos family tree.  Then it’s on to Barcelona where the boys will attend a soccer camp.  Finally, a road trip to southwest France and generous friends.

I have received several notes about Jim’s “Right to Pee” story in Mumbai.  Some of you wondered whether I played a role in helping him.  Ask Jim, and he might say “no.”  We did discuss its elements though as he knows that this is a topic that resonates with me.  One key point which he unintentionally left out is that many government schools fail to provide bathrooms for female students and this keeps young girls from attending regularly or from drinking adequate amounts of water during school hours.  If you didn’t get a chance to read the story, you can here:


I will be back in Delhi in August.  As always this time of year, a peek at how much we have grown in India….

11 thoughts on “Holidays”

  1. Beautiful video and Olivia’s voice is magnificent. What an amazing childhood they are having! Take care, Elana

    1. Yes, my children are blessed in many ways. Have a great summer, too old friend. One day we must introduce our children to each other and entertain them with stories of our teenage trouble-making!

  2. Have a wonderful summer! Where did Olivia get that voice! I don’t quite remember my roomie singing like well 🙂 Amazing. xoxo

    1. Yes, I cooked that talent but the singing ingredient came from Jim! You remember well my inability to hold a steady tune…

      Am in Athens and the weather is divine. Probably much like yours in LA.

      Send me a note later about your job…


  3. theo, i will miss seeing you this summer but adventure beckons..
    Keep nurturing Olivia’s voice, it’s beautiful!
    xoxo from brooklyn

    1. I owe you a long email… Just arrived on the island and long lazy days await, so expect one soon. Right now, off for my first Greek run….

    1. would love to visit australia. did i tell you that i have an uncle in Sydney? he used to live in Tasmania… but recently sold his house and moved back to the continent. he’s a potter… one of your country’s best – look him up: les blakebrough. and yes, george is such a pleasure these days. a gorgeous child in all manner…

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