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 […]

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 […]

It’s all fun and games until somebody breaks an axle (again!)

April 10, 2012 in North America, Travelogue, United States

You know that dull moment the world has been threatening me with? I’d like to have it now. Please. Pre-launch is crazy. You already know that. There’s really no way […]

The Calm Before The Storm: Awaiting the trip & Irene

August 26, 2011 in North America, Travelogue, United States

The blue skies above New England are dazzling. Puffy white clouds dot the sky. A light breeze blows. The calm before the storm, in more ways than one. As the […]

Backyard Adventures & Why It’s Worth All The Effort

July 10, 2011 in North America, Travelogue, United States

javascript:;“This is the real America…” I mused, standing in the shade of a big maple tree, absent-mindedly pushing my two year old friend Jenny, waiting for the other children to […]

On shoveling and Karma

January 12, 2011 in North America, Travelogue, United States

in which I accept my fate.

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving

October 11, 2010 in North America, Travelogue, United States

in which we have a big party and begin our long parade of good-byes.

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