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

Notes from Home: A Dog’s Love & Letting Go

May 28, 2019Notes from Home

Many years ago when we lived in the Bay Area, we were invited to a party hosted by someone I didn’t know. The man who greeted us at the door stood next to a large friendly dog and immediately introduced us to his canine friend. “You know that one dog who is more special than … Read More