Damned near ‘whelmed: In which I am not overwhelmed.

April 5, 2014 in North America, Travelogue, United States

My Uncle Dick has a saying: “I’m not overwhelmed, I’m just damned near whelmed!” The first time I heard him say it was when he had two preschool aged children […]

NYC: Snapshots from the city

March 27, 2014 in North America, Travelogue, United States

I have to admit that I cried when we woke up and Hannah was sick on Friday morning. I’m not much for crying, but we’ve had this girl’s weekend to […]

On Valentine’s Day & Love, 20 years in

February 15, 2014 in Inspiration, North America, Travelogue, United States

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, leaving in it’s wake every manner of pink and red foil garbage for the landfill and enough dying rose petals drown in. Cheap chocolate […]

On presence & gratitude: Two lessons travel continues to teach

February 10, 2014 in North America, Travelogue, United States

Travel is a relentless teacher. Some days, the lessons are simple: eat what you’re served, be polite, follow the golden rule, and persevere. Other times, they are more profound; lessons […]

Skiing Pats Peak

February 6, 2014 in North America, Travelogue, United States

I skied with my children two days this week. It was one of those surreal, later years parenting moments in which my mental frame flickers between decades. I listen to […]

The Mill: Friday night music is magical

February 1, 2014 in North America, Travelogue, United States

When I close my eyes time does not exist. My little boys are curled up like puppies, asleep on beanbag chairs in the corner. They drifted off every Friday night, […]

While the Bannock Bakes: On walking & poetry

January 24, 2014 in North America, Travelogue, United States

Winter has come, in earnest. And with it, bitter cold. Blackwater Creek, which rushes just below the window where I’m  wrapped in a down blanket with a cup of hot […]

On finding home, and unwrapping a past life

January 20, 2014 in North America, Travelogue, United States

The only sound is the water rushing in the creek below my window. Occasionally a moo from one of the cows in the barn. During daylight hours, the chickens clucking […]

On Love, Leaving & the Last Leg

January 15, 2014 in Canada, North America, Travelogue, United States

The raspberries tasted like summer. Warm sun on prickly green leaves. The lazy buzz of Dad’s honey bees going about their work. The electric anticipation of the air in advance […]

Looking with new eyes: On home, and away.

December 16, 2013 in North America, Travelogue, United States

One of the reasons we travel is to see new things. To learn. To grow. To be stretched. To stand outside everything we thought we new and realize that there […]

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