Notes from Home: Dear Paris, A Thank-You Note

November 11, 2021France, Notes from Home

“Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun, doo-doo-doo-doo, here comes the sun And I say it’s all right.” ~George Harrison, Here Comes the Sun I left Paris wanting to write a thank-you note. A curious idea, perhaps. But after being … Read More

Notes from Home: On Listening to the Winds of Change

August 26, 2021Notes from Home

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt They call it the White Screen of Death. The name is a little more frightening than the actual experience, but when I opened my website to write a new blog post a few months ago, an empty white … Read More

Notes from Home: Travel Packing 101 – Part 2

June 21, 2021Notes from Home

My notes for a follow-up blog post on travel packing have been collecting virtual dust in an unfinished drafts folder for almost two years. What began as an idea for a companion piece to a post called Travel Packing 101 sat waiting to be finished after we returned from our Middle East travels in November … Read More

Notes from Home: A Shot of Hope…Now What?

February 15, 2021Notes from Home

I was almost finished folding the last of the weekly laundry when Herb called out from his office, “Grab your laptop and meet me in the living room!” At another time and place, my mind would have been confused by his urgent words, but in this predictable loop of daily life in pandemic land, I … Read More

Notes from Home: On Walking

January 18, 2021Notes from Home

“Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord.” ~Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking Most mornings I walk. Herb and I leave the house as early as the sunrise allows, … Read More

Notes from Home: That Familiar Feeling Called “Fernweh”

September 14, 2020Notes from Home

“Every dreamer knows that it’s entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” ~Judith Thurman A few days ago, I ran across a word I’d never seen before that literally stopped me in my reading tracks. Fernweh: (noun) An ache for distant places; a … Read More