My Daughter’s Mother

Part of what is hard about living in Spain, so far away from family, is that when they are sick or injured you can do nothing to comfort them or ease their pain. I haven't felt this helpless since we moved here. Yesterday, I woke up to pictures on my phone of Emilie's ankle, and … Continue reading My Daughter’s Mother

Riding the Wave

Jeff is a water person. We both grew up in the Northwest of the US where mountains, rivers and streams meet the crashing Pacific ocean, and it rains ALOT. So there is water everywhere. His water of choice is usually fresh water, while mine is salt water from summers growing up, spent in Cannon Beach … Continue reading Riding the Wave

Perfectly Imperfect

I read somewhere that in Japan they have a tradition. When a bowl or a plate is broken, it is repaired, but with a thin layer of gold along the crack. They don't try to fake it with super glue or send it out to a master ceramicist to refire and repaint it, so it's … Continue reading Perfectly Imperfect

Roller Coaster Sunday

'God takes care of fools and little children.' It's been my motto my entire life. So far it has worked for me nicely. I've toddled my way through things and while there were potential dangers - I mostly ignored them. I just kept toddling. But I digress. I'll start at the beginning. We left the … Continue reading Roller Coaster Sunday

The Sun Also Rises

Time smooths out the rough edges of memory. Sometimes it makes the past seem rosier than, perhaps, it really was. We are home from Ireland. We were excited to spend Christmas in New Years in weather that felt like so many holidays of the past. Especially all the years we spent in Seattle. And it … Continue reading The Sun Also Rises

Last Days in Ireland – Feeling the Love

We left Derry and made our way back to Dublin. I've finally figured out the roads - what the letters mean - so we used the wider cow paths to get there - mostly uneventfully. I won't lie, I'll miss being called 'Love', 'Pet' or 'Darlin'' liberally sprinkled in any sentence that addressed me for … Continue reading Last Days in Ireland – Feeling the Love

Derry on the Uptick

*Still doing this on my phone. Formatting, etc. May be wonky. Derry is a vibrant walled city with the old and new working side by side. Traffic and people weave through the gates; tourists and locals walk the top of the wall. Life is good here. The walled city sits on an island hill that … Continue reading Derry on the Uptick

Derry: Two Sides One City

I've traveled to conflict zones over the course of my adult life. Some have been boiling over while I was there. Others quietly simmering. Like in the Middle East, being stopped at checkpoints controlled by militia who stationed a 12 year old boy sitting on a bucket to ask why we want to travel a … Continue reading Derry: Two Sides One City

Happy Christmas

Its Christmas Eve in County Mayo on the banks of Lough Conn (Loch Conn). Our home for the holiday this year is cold and drafty. Jeff has headed out for more fuel and I'm wrapped in a new wool blanket from the local Foxford Woolen mill. Jeff and I went into the village to visit … Continue reading Happy Christmas