Love Where You Live – East Village, San Diego, California

As an obsessive, serial relocater, my heart is often pulled toward the next possibility.  Will we live overseas? Global south? Middle East? Adventure awaits somewhere.  But over the course of many relocations, I’ve also learned you must determine to love where you live.  For the moment, that place is near East Village in downtown San Diego.… Read More Love Where You Live – East Village, San Diego, California

Jane Austen had a sister – Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, England

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” That?  That tiny little table? That is where she penned those most famous of novelic opening lines?  A true writer, I suppose, just needs three things – pen and paper and a flat surface… Read More Jane Austen had a sister – Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, England

The World of James Herriot – Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

I have distinct memories of my dad chuckling while silently reading weathered copies of James Herriot’s writings.  As an adult, on a one years stint back in Mozambique, I picked up those same copies of Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small series and I read, for the first time, literature I could truly call exquisitely written and heartwarming.  Literally.… Read More The World of James Herriot – Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

Learning in Africa

We spent most of the month of July in Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania with family.  Here are a few things I learned. 1. Washing clothes by hand cleans your fingernails and stretches your hamstrings.  Sometimes, while traveling, washing machines are available.  Sometimes they are not.  In Africa, it seems Westerners are often content to wear… Read More Learning in Africa