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

Notes from Home: Travel-Themed Holiday Gift Ideas

November 13, 2017Notes from Home

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.” ~Mother Teresa It’s the holy grail of the holiday shopping scavenger hunt. Finding that special gift, that something we know our friends and loved ones will really enjoy. We tell ourselves that we’ll know it when we see it, but … Read More

Notes from Home: Life at the Edge of the Pacific

September 11, 2017California, Notes from Home

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” ~Jacques Cousteau “It will be like we’re on vacation!” my husband proclaims as we scroll through photos at the kitchen table, our dinner plates pushed aside, laptop front and center. An upcoming home remodeling project was forcing us to find … Read More