Category Archives: Travels

The Music Of The Wild

“There is language going on out there –the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops, and chirps all have meaning derived over eons of expression. We have yet to become fluent in the language — and music — … Continue reading

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Getting Lost

“When we lose our map, our real knowledge of the path begins.” Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways To Listen One Halloween evening, a very long time ago, when I was maybe in second grade, my mom helped me get dressed … Continue reading

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Gift Of The Magi

My annual Christmas doldrums stayed away until the week before the big day. They slowly made their way into those early mornings hours when I worry myself awake. They like to sit on my chest, heavy and soggy with tears, … Continue reading

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A Gift For Myself

I’m on retreat, at the beach in Duck, North Carolina. Today is my last day here.  We’ll head on home tomorrow, leaving the calming sound of the ocean right outside our door. It’s a great time to be here. There … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plans

A bit over a week ago, I was hit with what felt like a ton of bricks … a cold/flu that according to what I’m hearing has had others in and around Charlottesville, dropping like flies.  It started with a … Continue reading

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One Sweet Journey

Two weeks ago Bill and I went up to Long Island, to scatter my mother’s ashes. I worried about the trip for weeks ahead of time, waking every morning with the same questions.  “Am I doing the right thing and why?  … Continue reading

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Home

“Home is not where you have to go but where you want to go; nor is it a place where you are sullenly admitted, but rather where you are welcomed – by the people, the walls, the tiles on the … Continue reading

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Batty’s Pride And Joy

Who’s Batty?  I am.  That’s what my granddaughter, Zoe named me when she was just beginning to talk and it’s stuck.  Doesn’t sound anything like Grandma or Grammy or any other name little kids call their grandmothers.  But that’s fine … Continue reading

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Companionship

Sam has lost three of his best friends this past year.  Last November it was Molly, the little Maltese/Terrier mix with whom he fell head over heels in love with the first time he met her.  They were very close … Continue reading

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Meltdown: What Happened After A Recent Trip And How Not To Let It Happen Again

It’s Tuesday. I just walked in the house after a six-hour plane trip from Vermont.  It was a fast paced and emotion filled trip seeing friends, family members and revisiting old haunts.  I’m tired, but before I can sit down … Continue reading

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