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

This book review is part of my #LiveLikeJeff reading project.  I selected “Life of Pi” from Jeff’s shelves because it is billed as a book that will make you believe in God. When Jeff died, my agnostic tendencies swung sharply toward atheist as I lamented that there could be no God that would take …

The Last Romantics

A fellow reader introduced this book to me. Someone who I respect very much and who has yet to let me down with a book recommendation. So, I didn’t hesitate and listened to “The Last Romantics” by Tara Conklin and narrated on Audible by Cassandra Campbell within a week of receiving the recommendation.  It …

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 …

Street Scenes of Ubud

When the weather heats up in the summertime, I am reminded of the month that I spent in a bungalow just outside the Monkey Forest in Ubud and the overarching lesson that I learned there: The jungle ALWAYS wins.

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