No doubt about it, 2019 was a BIG year for me. I backpacked SE Asia, traveled much of Europe, walked the Camino de Santiago, and moved home to Portland, Ore. for the first time since I moved to Chicago for “one year” some 15 years ago. It was a year of change, a year …

Life of Pi

The Life of Pi is a book that will make you question life, death, and your very existence. The Life of Pi Plot (No Spoilers) It takes an act of courage to write a book in which the vast majority is written with the character floating alone and lost at sea with nobody to speak …

The Last Romantics

Depression, family bonds, sex, nothing is off-limits in this refreshingly honest novel. The Plot of The Last Romantics (no spoilers) Tara Conklin’s novel The Last Romantics is so honest at times that it hurts. A poet sits down in front of an audience at a book reading and remembers her life. Recalling family drama, let …

The Day When it All Began: We were all anticipation as we set out for our first day of walking the Camino del Norte. Two utter and complete bundles of nerves and excitement. Would we be up for the task of walking 14 miles? Would our bags be too heavy? Would we kill each …

Camino de Santiago rocky cliff

The Day with the Blessing…and the Sand: Day 11 of walking the Camino del Norte started so strong with a blessing from the Trinitarian Sisters in the beautiful church next to the albergue that the nuns maintain in Laredo. The sisters wished us all a good life and a good pilgrimage and I set …

The Day We Entered Galicia: Day 26 on the Camino del Norte was a momentous one. Our pilgrimage had already taken us on foot through Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias. Galicia was always the far-off region where we would end our trek and finally see the mystical cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. So, we …