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
idyll | noun -- an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, typically an idealized or unsustainable one. Do you prefer the real thing? Or do you get attached to your idea of what ought to be real, in other words, the idyll? The push and pull between these two applies to our … [Read more...] about The Real vs. The Idyll
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
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
The following is by my father, Nicholas J. Huizenga, in which he describes a Talons Out Honor Flight he took on May 16, 2015. He died a year later, in June 2016, almost a year ago. Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. Nine days ago I joined 105 veterans of World War ll on a trip to Washington D.C. … [Read more...] about Honor Flight: a WW II Veteran Reflects
Hospitality is important to me. I grew up in a home where it was common to have guests for dinner, even though we were a family of seven without a formal dining room. Simply getting everyone around the table could be a squeeze, but I don't remember a person ever complaining. We were happy to sit … [Read more...] about Superhost!
During Holy Week my husband and I spent a few days with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, staying in a hermitage at their monastery, and visiting their ministries in inner-city Erie. Our hermitage was named Hildegard. I took a picture of the signpost the day we arrived: And I snapped another … [Read more...] about Hermitage Hildegard
Here's a picture from Mt. Vernon, where we visited on a cold Sunday last November. We topped off the visit with chestnut soup to warm up. If you're in the mood to read about other monuments in DC, here's a post about a presidential kind of a jaunt from Presidents Day 2012. I hope you're able … [Read more...] about Happy Presidents Day!