“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our own standing in our own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson For some reason, the start of January is always the hardest time for me. After the whirlwind craziness of fall and the holidays, I generally feel a huge letdown after it is all over and the cold, dark shadows of a Minnesota winter set in. January is normally our coldest month. Coldness that is meant to endure and toughen us up. As many […]
My greatest achievement in life is and will always be motherhood. Being a mother is the greatest gift I will ever receive and I am truly grateful to be surrounded by so much incredible love and happiness. Today marks my daughter’s 8th birthday and four days ago my son Max turned 10. Ten years ago I was in a much different place than where I am today. What normally should be an incredibly joyous time in life ended up being one […]
Today I have the honor of hosting the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. When asked to come up with a theme, without skipping a beat I decided upon Humanity. Here is my own answer to the question and challenge below. To see the official WordPress Photo Challenge: Humanity and to respond, please click here. There is so much conflict and heartbreak in the today’s world: Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Gaza, Ukraine and the raw memories of 9/11 to name a few. Sometimes it […]
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself”. – Amelia Earhart Summer is my favorite season in Minnesota. The weather is usually perfect with brilliant blue skies, bright sunshine, low humidity and sunsets well past ten at its peak. This summer has not been as red hot as usual. We have experienced a lot of rain and the temperatures have been a bit cooler. But that hasn’t stopped me or my family from spending as much time as humanly possible outdoors. Summer is payback […]
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“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus Anyone who lives in the Midwest or who has ever traveled to the northern quarters of the country, know for a fact that winter in Minnesota can be brutal. It is often a test of endurance, patience, humor, semi-hibernation and mental strength to survive it especially when it happens to be a winter like we are having this year. Countless days well below […]
Today for the second time since the start of January, lovely picturesque Minnesota has fallen into the land of the icebox cold: A Polar Vortex. Although I have lived in the Midwest all of my life save a year in France, I have never heard of the term “polar vortex” before. Curious, I looked the word up and got this definition: “a whirlpool of frigid, dense air often referred to as a polar cyclone. It feels like a bad dream. Just […]
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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning”. – T.S. Eliot “And now let us welcome the new year – full of things that have never been”. – Rainer Maria Rilke Although the new year has started, my surroundings have entered the deep freeze of winter. Winter in Minnesota is a test of endurance and strength. It is long, cold and often […]
Today is the last leg of a two-week trip bringing me from Minneapolis to Orlando, Florida to Belize, Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale and then Tucson, Arizona via Dallas and Phoenix. It has been quite the way to end 2013 and ring in the New Year. Over the last two weeks, I have set my watch up and down an hour multiple times adding a little confusion trying to keep track of what day and time it was and where I was […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “The Hue of You” and the goal is to show your personality through a photo or series of photos. I thought the best approach was to make a giant collage of all the things that brighten my life. Family Nature Travel Advocacy To see more entries to this challenge, click here.
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination or forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” – August Wilson Like most travel bloggers, I have been completely shocked by the tragic news of the death of fellow travel blogger Anita Mac. Anita Mac, the vibrant face behind the popular travel blog Travel Destination Bucket List took her own life.