On Mom, mushrooms, and times of scarcity and abundance

I’m standing in my kitchen wiping down button mushrooms. In my head, I wonder how I can make them last longer. The news of food shortages here in America, the land of plenty, is why I’m now thinking of ways to make fresh vegetables and fruit last longer and to stretch meals. Meat packing plants …

Continue reading On Mom, mushrooms, and times of scarcity and abundance

Celebrating spring in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Sunshine spread warmth over snow-covered jagged mountain peaks and sloping hills dusted with white. In the valley, meadows burst with new growth; green grass and clover, yellow dandelions and buttercups and tiny white daisies stretched young leaves towards the sky. It was the first day in May 2019 in the Bavarian mountain resort towns of …

Continue reading Celebrating spring in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Memories of Momentary Magic: Takeaways from a Daytrip to the West Highlands of Scotland

Dolphins. Seals. Otters. Catching a glimpse of those was always on my wish list anytime I found myself near a loch (lake) or shore while in Scotland. That’s why my head, on auto-pilot, turned left to scan the sea as soon as I stepped out into the cool, salty air surrounding Mallaig. Disappointed, again, I …

Continue reading Memories of Momentary Magic: Takeaways from a Daytrip to the West Highlands of Scotland

On wind and wings, bovines and beaches. A look back on Barra and time spent in the Outer Hebrides

The opening, ideally fit for a child, dwarf or hobbit to squeeze through, revealed a confusing-to-me instrument panel below a narrow windshield. I knew there was a pilot even though I saw only an arm dressed in a short-sleeved, crisp white shirt. She pushed forward on the throttle. The engine came alive filling the snug …

Continue reading On wind and wings, bovines and beaches. A look back on Barra and time spent in the Outer Hebrides

Searching for clues of wild things at Rubha Aird a’ Mhuile isn’t easy when you don’t know where to start

Inside all of us is hope Inside all of us is fear Inside all of us is Adventure Inside all of us is...A Wild Thing                                         Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things are Four Americans, four …

Continue reading Searching for clues of wild things at Rubha Aird a’ Mhuile isn’t easy when you don’t know where to start