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

Notes from Home: Extraordinary People

August 26, 2019Minnesota, Notes from Home

We were traveling to Rochester, Minnesota, to celebrate their 75th anniversary. No, that is not a typo. Lyle and Betty have been married for a remarkable three-quarters of a century. Before the trip, I stopped at our local card shop to pick up a 75th anniversary card, only to realize the foolishness of my thought. … Read More