Notes from Home: On Writing

Notes from Home: On Writing

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Notes from Home | No Comments

“After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same. After changes we are more or less the same.” ~Paul Simon, The Boxer A familiar feeling swept over me the other day as I was writing a blog post. Like a warm breeze of comfort, it swooped down out-of-the-blue and made me smile to […]

Notes from Home: Travel Planning 101

Notes from Home: Travel Planning 101

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Notes from Home | 2 Comments

It happened quite by accident. I was planning our family’s first vacation abroad. It was a special trip for the four of us – one week in London, one week in Paris, a birthday celebration and my first time back in London since studying there in college. With guide books and maps laid out on the […]

Notes from Home: The Extroverted Traveler

Notes from Home: The Extroverted Traveler

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in England, Notes from Home | No Comments

“Extroverts have more fun.” ~Rick Steves Travel writer Rick Steves tucks a page of wisdom in the introduction section of his guide books. He calls it his “Back Door Travel Philosophy,” his thoughts on the value of travel and how it impacts our lives. But it’s paragraph five that I think is the real gem: […]

Notes from Home: Spinning Videotaped Memories into DVDs

Notes from Home: Spinning Videotaped Memories into DVDs

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in California, Notes from Home | No Comments

We bought our first video camera in 1989 when our son was born. It was one of those large Sony Camcorders that required a steady hand, and it was magical. From family milestones to treasured vacations, our video camera served us well. We graduated to smaller versions over the years, but all of those cameras […]

Notes from Home: On Cruising

Notes from Home: On Cruising

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Notes from Home | No Comments

“I see skies of blue and clouds of white, The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. And I think to myself What a wonderful world.” ~Louis Armstrong, What A Wonderful World  I took my first cruise in the summer of 1994. It was a short, three-night affair on the Viking Serenade, a long-ago ship […]

Notes from Home: On Souvenirs

Notes from Home: On Souvenirs

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Notes from Home | No Comments

Souvenir:  from the French, “to remember.” Their memories dance across our Christmas tree, sparkling in the glow of the white lights. Like voices from Christmases Past, they stare out from the branches as if to say, “You remember when you found me, don’t you?  It was at that…” I quickly cut them off, because of course […]

Notes from Home: Beginning

Notes from Home: Beginning

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Notes from Home | No Comments

It was early September 1974 when my college friend Jan and I arrived in London for our semester study abroad program. It was my first trip beyond the United States – with the exception of Canada, but growing up in Minnesota, I never counted Canada as “foreign” – and my first flight across the Atlantic. We […]