Walking through the valley with 20/20 vision

Turning the corner into a new decade, looking ahead with expectation, walking into the unknown.  All these things make this traveler’s heart beat a little faster in anticipation. Ever the optimist, I hope the days and months ahead bring healing, peace and a sense of well-being. But what if….?  We don't know what's around the …

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Holy Grief

Grief is exhausting.  Bone-tiring, heart-numbing, mind-fogging sorrow mixed with moments of happy memories shared with those who walk this journey with you.  A proverbial roller-coaster of emotion that never stops.  Everything in me screams, “I want off!” or at least, “I want to go back.” Such an inexpressible feeling - vacillating between deep sorrow down to …

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Regifting – a timeless generosity

December 22, 1982 - A beautiful healthy baby boy was born - my first child, Brandon - nicknamed "Bo."  As I held him for the first time, I whispered a silent prayer that he would have a full life - a life of the joy of knowing God and loving others.  Thankfully, I had no …

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An Unwelcome Journey

Spoiler alert:  This isn't your typical seasonal posting.  There are many of you out there whose hearts are far from "merry and light."  You are dealing with losses so great and so exhausting that the flavors of your day (everyday) are sorrow and grief beyond words.  And now, I can honestly say, "I know how …

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Wandering 50 National Parks: A grieving mother’s journey

The National Park system in America is known around the world for its stunning beauty and diverse landscapes.  In fact, the granddaddy of the National Parks, the Grand Canyon celebrates its 100 year birthday this year.  But go into any National Park and you will find a reason to wander and linger and savor every …

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That’s a lotta feta

How NOT to shop at a Cretan farmers' market Our latest travel to Crete for my book tour in the spring was hands down the best trip we've had there since moving back to the States.  I like to describe it as being the perfect mix of work and play, old friends and new, adventure …

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My Big Fat Greek Book Tour

My book, Uniquely Crete, has arrived on the island with us in its wake.  We literally hit the ground running beginning my book tour in jolly ol' England (more on that later), and finishing off in Crete.  Each day has been filled with the joys and trials so typical of this Greek island.  All in …

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Why is summer so captivating on Crete?

  I can't tell you how excited I am to start my book tour next week.  I wish I could say it is all about getting exposure for my book baby that was "born" on April 30th (official book release date), and certainly that's part of it.  We will start with a stop in Norwich, …

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Lots of Cats, but no Easter Bunny on Crete

As we wrap up our Easter celebrations here in the States, Greeks all over the world are in the thick of Holy Week that climaxes on April 28 - Orthodox Easter simply known as Pascha (Passover) - the most sacred event for all of Greece.  The typical Greek Orthodox family holds tradition very closely, and Holy Week …

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Must-see south coast destination on Crete

Crete is a captivating and sometimes chaotic Greek island full of wackiness and wonder.  A part of Greece, yet apart from Greece.   Knit together by family, food and faith, this Mediterranean island stands on its own with its feet firmly planted in a culture that has evolved over 5000 years. In the five years of …

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