According to the Chinese-Indonesians, our home in Jakarta in 1972 was facing south and thus well placed — feng shui in Chinese. However, our home was at the top of a T intersection and looked down a street heading south. Most of the Chinese we knew stated that, even though…


In the summer of 1973, I was transferred from Bank of America’s Jakarta Branch to the Singapore Branch after our two-month home leave. Our return trip to Singapore was leisurely. We were staying with Brian and Mary Conway, friends from our Jakarta days. Brian had been posted to the Osaka…


Berlin Wall 1961

The East German government started building the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stop the inflow of western fascists who were undermining their socialist paradise. In truth, the wall’s primary purpose was to stop the vast numbers East Berliners from fleeing into West Berlin and reducing the East’s dwindling labor force…


The middle of my junior year at Stanford, I wasn’t sleeping well; my appetite was off, and I was irritable. The woman I was dating told me that I was moody. At the student health center I met Dr. Lillian Tan, an attractive Chinese woman who seemed somewhat bewildered. …


A friend from college, Bill, called me about a week before Easter of 2005 to let me know he would be stopping at Chicago’s Midway Airport for a couple of hours on his flight from New York back to San Francisco where he lived. He wanted my help: a couple…


It was October of 1984, and we lived about six blocks from Wrigley Field on Grace Street between Pine Grove and Lake Shore Drive. I was at home that Friday with the flu in its second day. Although my temperature was over a hundred and one, I was tired of…


Endor with Hilda

Endor was our houseboy in Jakarta. He fled the tedium and poverty of the rice paddies outside of Cirebon, a medium sized city on the coast of West Java. Endor joined the millions of country peasants who poured into Jakarta’s booming economy after the army put down a communist coup…


I was transferred to Chicago in June of 1979. Early one morning the following July, I confronted the intersection of Elston, Addison and Kedzie. Elston is one of the few diagonal streets in Chicago, and I faced three sets of stop lights, all more or less in my direction. I…


The Orme School is located outside of Mayer, Arizona on the high grasslands of Central Arizona below the Bradshaw Mountains and south of Prescott and north of Phoenix. The school was started in 1929 to educate the Orme family members and the children of the staff and employees of the…


In November of 2017, Frances, our vet, phoned to tell us that Samantha, our cat, had pancreatic cancer.

I asked, “That’s usually fatal, isn’t it?”

“In Samantha’s case, it certainly will be,” Frances said set an appointment to see my wife and me two days later.

After pleasantries in her…

Stephen Jordan

Author Stephen Jordan’s fiction is inspired from living overseas combined with a passion for history.

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