In Gratitude for My Sabbatical

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller, on school truancy “They’re giving you time off for good behavior?” – A former colleague, upon learning of my plans A sabbatical. Three weeks off, and then a week away at a work-sponsored conference/retreat.Continue reading “In Gratitude for My Sabbatical”

Sweet & Sour Summer Scrapbook

It was the summer of Charlottesville. Of the steady continuation of political madness. Of spending lots of money and yet somehow not going anywhere interesting. Of piled up work deadlines in a badly understaffed office. Of my best friend moving to a different hemisphere. Of family obligations. Of other people traveling. Of sheetcaking and weightContinue reading “Sweet & Sour Summer Scrapbook”

Entertaining Parents

“When are the first customers arriving?!” Robin’s question came right on time, at noon. “Honey, they’re guests, not customers. And no one shows up at the beginning. People are shy about being the first ones here.” And so began the litany of questions. An avalanche of chicken nuggets slid from the oven. A dozen peopleContinue reading “Entertaining Parents”

Domestication

We retreat to the mountains for Memorial Day, our Prius silently easing into a parking spot at the mountainside timeshare condo. We have to shoo away the deer as we unload. We all have our roles to play. It happens gradually. We get comfortable in our job. The mortgage kicks in. A couple extra pounds.Continue reading “Domestication”

10 Reasons Ireland Rules for Family Vacations

Ireland is a wonderland for family travel. The warmth of the Irish people and the county’s well established tourist infrastructure make it an inviting and accessible place even for novice travelers. The left-side driving is the only challenging part, but the freedom and spontaneity a rental car allows make it essential. Off-road Ireland is whereContinue reading “10 Reasons Ireland Rules for Family Vacations”