Merry Christmas from Daytona Beach!

December 25, 2016 in North America, United States

Every year for the past three I’ve consciously made this our “last family Christmas.” I’ve been tangibly aware, for a while now, that my young people are flying the nest […]

Launch Day

October 18, 2016 in blog, TearAway, United States

After weeks of delays, weeks of work, and weeks upon weeks of planning, TearAway was finally launched.

Notes from Nowhere PA: On a 12 hour road trip with teens

April 24, 2015 in North America, Travelogue, United States

We are a combined  35 feet, 4 inches of body length, give or take. As family length goes, that’s hovering somewhere above average. This morning, that 35 feet, 4 inches is […]

Happy New Year: Embracing Change

December 31, 2014 in Travelogue

I have a confession to make: I did not write a Christmas letter This is the first year in almost twenty that I haven’t. I can’t quite articulate why. What […]

On beach birds, and stories, and analog life… and also a poem

October 3, 2014 in North America, United States

I wish I knew what those birds are… the ones signing in the palm tree beneath the balcony that sound like a trio of little kids who are experimenting with […]

My 40th birthday: On happiness & rebirth

August 7, 2014 in North America, Travelogue, United States

Today I awoke in a house full of love. A house filled with friends and family, in the mountains of Washington, on the shore of the Hood River. A beautiful […]

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 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 […]

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, […]