To read Week One first, start here. Day Eight -- Lion’s Den Hike, Fogo Island Inn, local music Hands down, this was the best breakfast of my life! Cod fillets we caught ourselves the night before, fried in butter in our little Air Bnb cottage. On the side was watermelon — we’d had a big old melon … [Read more...] about Newfoundland — Gros Morne, Tablelands, Lanse Aux Meadows, Whales!
Our recent trip to Newfoundland reminded me of our 2010 trip to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, which I remember fondly. I had blogged that trip quite thoroughly, so I went through those posts and cleaned them up -- software updates over the years had added stray characters. Now the posts … [Read more...] about PEI & Nova Scotia, revisited
What have you done to restore your soul this summer? I hope you've carved out a bit of down-time. I was so fortunate to take a 2-week trip to Newfoundland with my husband, Doug. Here are some highlights and photos from the first week. Day One — St. Johns -- "Newfoundland Time" When we flew … [Read more...] about Newfoundland: Wind, Whales, Puffins, Gannets, Cod!
My husband I frequently drive between the midwest (our parents live in Michigan/Ohio) and the east coast (we live in Virginia). For years we've been promising ourselves we'd stop along the way in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at the Flight 93 Memorial. But by the time we get close we are invariably … [Read more...] about In Honor of 9/11: The Flight 93 Memorial
Throngs of well-wishers are waiting to greet the passengers coming off our plane, which has arrived hours late. It is the middle of the night. The press of people makes us feel like rock stars, but lonely, unclaimed ones. We are not Dominicans returning to their families for the holiday. It … [Read more...] about Adventure in the Dominican Republic
My family toured the Library of Congress last weekend, with alumni from Juniata College, our daughter's alma mater. The Library of Congress is in downtown DC, just behind the Capitol building (next to the Supreme Court). The LOC spans multiple buildings, but the one open for free tours is the … [Read more...] about “I Cannot Live Without Books” Touring the Library of Congress
Cedar Point is America's Roller Coast! Dorky but true. For each of the past 22 years, I've spent an August day there with approximately 40,000 of my fellow citizens. Since my in-laws live nearby, Cedar Point is part of the magic of our Annual Family Reunion. (You can read a 2013 blogpost about … [Read more...] about #HalloWeekends #CedarPoint
As Labor Day approaches, I am thinking about the work I do, and how grateful I am to be able to write, to do creative work. Not everyone has the luxury of following their artistic passions. Although I hate to call such pursuit a luxury -- creative persons usually give up many luxuries in order to … [Read more...] about The Path More Travelled, and Less Taken
My husband and I have been Air Bnb hosts for more than a year. In addition to providing income, hosting brings emotional rewards. It feels good to offer hospitality to people who need a place to stay. (I've blogged about hospitality in relationship to ministry here and here and here.) This summer … [Read more...] about Hospitality Makes A Happy Heart: Oslo Norway
This summer my husband and I were able to spend a couple of weeks in Norway. Because we were house/dog-sitting for some friends in Bergen, we made the visit very inexpensively. Here's to Layla, the pooch that made it possible. … [Read more...] about Scenes from Norway
Growing up, my family took long car camping trips. My father was a principal and my mother was a teacher, so they took full advantage of summer vacation. All seven of us piled into a Ford Galaxy for trips we measured in weeks and thousands of miles. Our trunk was stuffed to capacity and an … [Read more...] about Changing Seats