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; […]

Christmas Eve: On ice, ghosts & dreams

December 24, 2013 in Canada, North America, Travelogue

Ice is art when painted on a living canvas: A perfect curlycue of clear crystal clings to the tip of a wisteria tendril, hanging down from a beam of the […]

Winter Solstice: In which we are home.

December 21, 2013 in Canada, North America, Travelogue

At 5:00 p.m. it is solidly dark on Wolfe Island. At 5:00 a.m. it was also solidly dark. I was driving the long, straight stretch of highway 401, between Windsor […]

Of fog, family and familiar things

December 3, 2013 in North America, Travelogue, United States

I-94 around Chicago is shrouded in fog. Not the pea soup kind that makes for white knuckle driving. This is the misty, ghostly kind through which leafless black trees reach […]

Home & Away

September 22, 2013 in Australia, Oceania

I wish I could bottle the sound of the Australian bush for you. Layers of throaty frog voices singing to the moon paint the darkness, replacing the chorus of birdsong […]

On Teenagers and Life

July 23, 2013 in Education

Tomorrow morning we’ll wake up singing. It’s our tradition to sing to the birthday child before he’s even out of bed, and it sets a joyous tone for the day. […]

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known As A New Mom

May 11, 2013 in Inspiration, Travelogue

Sixteen years ago I was beginning the third trimester of my first pregnancy. I’d just quit working (Tony wanted me to enjoy the last few months on my own terms.) […]

Ten Things I Learned From My Mom

May 10, 2013 in blog, Education, Inspiration, Travelogue

Mother’s Day is this weekend… I’ve been thinking about my Mom a lot… I miss her. This year she’s celebrating in BC with my brother’s family, awaiting the birth of […]

One Family, Five Years, Countless Adventures

March 23, 2013 in Birthday Party, Inspiration, New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

Today is a very special day for us. It is the anniversary of our fifth year of full time travel. Five years ago today I was not having my best […]