Edinburgh Day Trip: The Scottish Highlands & Loch Ness

April 25, 2016Scotland

“Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.” ~Robert Burns You could almost hear bagpipes calling through the misty, moody landscape of the Scottish Highlands. There was an immediate sense of loneliness – a yearning – that mixed with the wind as it swirled through the emerald hills … Read More

Notes from Home: On Writing

April 11, 2016Notes from Home

“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 … Read More

Sailing Into Stockholm: Connecting to My Roots

March 21, 2016Sweden

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ~Søren Kierkegaard His name was Oscar Youngquist, a farmer from rural Minnesota whose parents had emigrated from an area south of Stockholm. He was the grandfather I never knew, and his branch of the family tree was a curiosity to me, much like … Read More