Lil’s P’s cowboy boots slipped on the side of the rock, belying its composition of pure metal. We didn’t expect to befall a space treasure on our Namibia trip, but it happened to be on a not-too-distant detour on the route from Windhoek to Rundu. We followed signs from the highway and when we arrived,… Read More Even This Stone – An Easter meditation; Grootfontein, Namibia
It never fails. We save up for a vacation that requires a flight and, on the return, we ask the kids what they liked best. All three, in unison – “the movies on the plane.” Guys, we went to Kauai! This is Hawaii’s garden island, the island with the most miles of beach. This is… Read More Highlights that can’t be bought – Kauai, Hawaii
As the van came to halt on the sandy track, beyond the grass partitions we saw employees move into position. Unlike Victoria Falls four hundred miles to the east, Botswana’s Okavango Delta 260 miles to the southeast, or Namibia’s own Etosha National Park to the southwest, the Kavango region of northern Namibia doesn’t experience droves… Read More Mbunza Living Culture – Namibia
This week Travel with Rick Steves, my favorite travel podcast/radio show, featured a phone call with Heidi in San Diego! When we lived in Romania, I signed up for Rick’s monthly newsletter. In the letter they include information on upcoming recording sessions. In one letter, Rick was looking for callers who had stories to share… Read More Willtravelwithkids – on Travel with Rick Steves!
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
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
I have forgotten her name. I woke up this morning, fresh from a dream about Romania. It’s been over a year since we returned to the United States, so Romania is only a dream now. In the final months of our year-long stay in the rural south, we befriended new neighbors. These neighbors lived around… Read More Forgotten Names in Romania