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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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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HYGGE YOURSELF

Imagine yourself taking a much-needed break away from the busyness and stress that everyday life dishes out. Not a break in the sense of a destination or vacation. Just a few moments or hours where you can relish in the moment of well-being and calmness. It doesn’t have to be at an expensive spa or …

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Altitude High

Traveling to far away places and writing about them can be exhilarating.  But so can wandering to places near your own backyard.  It really makes you appreciate what you have...especially when its' very existence is threatened.     Colorado Wildfire Update:  Spring Creek Fire has grown to over 100,000 acres Third largest fire in Colorado …

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Wander, Linger Savor Christmas

I’ll come right out and say it…this is the hardest time of year to write a blog post about slowing down. I’ve already failed miserably at not “shoulding” on myself. I should send out Christmas cards. I should bake all those cookies. I should have my shopping done. I should have the tree decorated by …

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Savor Autumn

I walked into our local Home Depot yesterday and was immediately accosted by a forest of pre-lit Christmas trees and animated Santa figures.  For a fleeting moment I panicked thinking , "Wow!  I haven't finished (or even started ) my Christmas shopping."  I felt strangely off balance, like I'd been whisked ahead into December.  For …

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THE RELUCTANT EXPAT (Coming to terms with coming home)

  I lost my journal for almost two months - misplaced, actually. It’s like an old friend I can confide in. I can sort out my thoughts in written words and somehow things become clearer. When you write, you have to slow your thoughts down in order to wait for the words to catch up …

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The Beauty in the Beast

Freezing cold temps, deep snows, driveways to shovel, fierce winds, snowed-in days, long cold nights.  It's the nature of the beast - a Colorado winter.  How to tame the beast?  Take a deeper look and love it for what it is.  Freezing temps create thick smooth ice for skating on the lake, deep snows mean …

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Merry Christmas: Peace on Earth

  “I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet, Their words repeat, Of peace on earth, good-will towards men.”   Dear friends and family, This Christmas we are acutely aware of the need for “Peace on Earth.” As Americans, we are no longer insular to the tragedy …

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