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

Notes from Home: Ideas for Organizing Travel Gear

April 15, 2019Notes from Home

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave…” Sir Walter Scott, Marmion When our family first began traveling, organizing our gear was not much of a concern. One camera, one video camera, extra film and an 8mm cassette tape – and we were good to go. But as technology inched its way onto the travel scene, … Read More

Notes from Home: Travel Lessons from a Long-Ago Honeymoon

January 21, 2019Notes from Home

“One’s mind stretched to a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. The hope and excitement in her eyes make me smile in the deepest of places. After weeks of pouring over the seemingly infinite details that come with planning a wedding, our daughter Emily is telling me … Read More

Notes from Home: Introducing…The Travel Resources Page!

August 14, 2018Notes from Home

I’m excited to introduce a new page on The Modern Postcard! For quite some time, I’ve been wanting to pull together my favorite travel resources in one convenient spot. My plan has been to create a central clearinghouse of starting points and ideas that have served me well. The page would feature strategies I’ve discovered … Read More

Notes from Home: On the Kindness of Strangers

June 11, 2018New Zealand, Notes from Home

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou We had just checked our suitcases for the flight home from Auckland and were heading upstairs to Security when we noticed the sign. Next to a bin for … Read More