shell on the camino de santiago

If you are here because the Camino called you, then I’m honored to be part of your first steps toward a life-changing journey. There are many routes on the Camino, there are many ways to walk those routes, and there are countless reasons for walking. No route is bad, no way is wrong, and …

Woman meditates on the Camino de Santiago

Walking Away, Coming Home My fiancé was diagnosed with cancer on Valentine’s Day of 2018. I still think of the day as “Diagnosis Day.” A day when everything about our lives changed. A day that foreshadowed the darkest day that I would ever know when – just four months later – Jeff took his …

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 …

Two Women Setting out On the Camino del Norte

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 …