Universality of humanity in Israel and Palestine

In October I spent ten days in Israel and Palestine, imbibing personal stories of conflict and trauma, peace and reconciliation.  Crisscrossing through checkpoints and polishing off plates of falafel and homemade maqluba, I immersed in historical narratives and the living history of today.  In the diversity, a common thread was exposed.  Perhaps a banal observation,… Read More Universality of humanity in Israel and Palestine

The Grand Canyon’s North Rim Duck

Parents sometimes go to great lengths to create special moments and learning experiences for children.  At the Grand Canyon’s north rim in Arizona, we dutifully assisted our children with completing their ranger booklets (available for free at the ranger station).  This took a good part of two days to complete successfully.  We hiked several short… Read More The Grand Canyon’s North Rim Duck

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