Get into the e-bike game – No shame

Years ago, my husband and I were cruising on our rental bikes along the Neckar River in Germany enjoying a relatively easy ride from town to town over the course of a week.  Most of the other riders on our scenic route were on traditional bikes as well, but once in a while an E-bike …

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Apologies from a homebound wanderer

Where did this year go??  Between slogging through my own grief of the loss of my son in November and the new territory of a Covid-defined world, I honestly haven't had the creative motivation to sit down and write again. Every day I look at this sweet collage art hanging on my wall that my …

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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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