On Socialization (again)

January 28, 2014 in Education

It’s a topic that comes up from time to time. People wonder how in the world kids can possibly be “properly” socialized without school. Or without several hours a day […]

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 […]

New Year 2014: On journeying, home & eternity

December 31, 2013 in Canada, North America, Travelogue

There has been a nuthatch at the feeder this week. He arrives intermittently, among the crowd of doves and blue jays, chickadees and the occasional fleeting cardinal. Everyone is hungry; […]

Family travel instead of holiday gifts, with Thomas Cook

December 17, 2013 in Inspiration

‘Tis the season to buy stuff, right? I’ve been asked several times in the past month “what we do about Christmas” and what we recommend giving as gifts to travelers. […]

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 […]

The gifts we give: Reflections on presents and presence

December 11, 2013 in North America, Travelogue, United States

This time last year we were in Borneo. Orangutans, jungle walks and old head-hunter skulls for Christmas. We rented this house on stilts in Miri, on the border with Brunei, […]

On grumpy elf & ironing

December 9, 2013 in North America, Travelogue, United States

Perhaps the hardest thing about this friends and family tour through the midwestern United States is the pace. Eighteen sets of loved ones hugged tight within the past three and […]

I am cold: And other news from the Canadian Rockies

November 26, 2013 in Canada, North America, Travelogue

The Canadian Rockies are spectacular. The bony plates along the spines of sleeping dragons, frozen in place under Jack Frost’s spell, curled head to tail in a pile of jagged […]

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