Why Travel?

Why Travel?

"The life you have led doesn't need to be the only one you have." Anna Quindlen The world clock on my phone has more time zones than one family should have. In the last month I have added Chang Mai, Lisbon, Geneva, Shanghai, Minneapolis and Osaka. Phil and I in Portugal, our youngest daughter connecting [...]

Always There

Always There

  Labor Day weekend is always a time of goodbyes--to beach swimming, enthusiasm for tending the garden, and white pants.  I said goodbye to my son last Saturday as he set off on a four month trip to Asia. My husband's dear Uncle Roy went off to heaven at age 96. And our grandson said [...]

Revisiting Mother’s Day

Revisiting Mother’s Day

  Seeds are my Mother's Day gift.  My first without my Mother.  Tall bellfower, leadplant, old field goldenrod, spotted Joe Pye weed, copper shouldered oval sedge, milkweed, all in clear plastic bags labeled with growing instructions.  Sun exposure, soil type,  moisture ideal for them.  The seeds range in appearance from cottony wisps, to the smallest [...]

Dog Years

Dog Years

HRH Elizabeth lost her last corgi.  The palace reports the Queen is gutted by the loss of Willow, last in the royal line.  Corgis are fresh in my mind after seeing one beg at the table of  Winston Churchill and King George II in Darkest Hour. And of course if you watch The Crown, corgis [...]

Moving Kids

Moving Kids

    It feels like urban camping. I bring my sleeping bag, wear jeans, no make-up. I make sure my clothes are dark, something that doesn't show newsprint and an outfit that can go from oven cleaning to dinner. It is our third child, our baby that is moving to Chicago. The others have had [...]