Somewhere in Between

To Asia, Africa, and the Long Way Home

Somewhere in Between is a memoir that explores the life of a traveler: the crossroads and quests, the arrivals and departures and the search for love. Hot terrains of passion and purpose and cooler landscapes of loss and sorrow are traversed. It was the seventies, a time of social unrest and new freedoms allowing women to determine their own destinies.

In that world, I hopped a freight train across Canada, lived in Paris, worked in Beirut, a city at war, and fell in love in Istanbul. It was India that called me, a land of baffling contradictions, that took me down its many paths. A solo trek in the Himalayas crowned the journey. By 1980, I was immersed in another world, both heart-wrenching and rewarding, working as a nurse in a Cambodian refugee camp, and in the stark, unforgiving desert of Djibouti, Africa.

If my youthful travels shaped and defined me, the question remained 'who had I become?' Four decades later, I returned to India, a country undergoing radical change, but I too had changed. Somewhere in Between is my rite of passage, from a young to an older woman, from wandering far away to finding home. One doesn't preclude the other, as I wander still, into our startling and unsettling world.

Book cover pending


Encounters on the Front Line


Encounters on the Front Line is a nurse’s journey that begins in a Cambodian refugee camp after the horrific Khmer Rouge regime. Nearly three decades later Elaine returns. She meets the people on the front lines - the human rights activists, the caregivers, and those who needed care, inspiring her to explore the challenges of service.


"Powerful and poignant, intimate and insightful. The careful reader will learn a great deal about Cambodia’s recent history and current culture as the Khmer people struggle to deal with the unfathomable trauma that continues to shape them."
— Bill Herod, Human Rights Worker, Cambodia


"A riveting and enlightening book, brimming with perspective.  Elaine writes with great honesty, passion and clarity." 
— Woody Wheeler, author of Look Up 

Encounters on the Front Line

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You can't cross the sea
by merely standing and staring at the water.
Rabrindanath  Tagore

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