Fushimi Inari trail map

A New Year?

We’re 11 days in to the new year, but it doesn’t feel like a new year. It feels like a continuation of 2020: B-A-D bad. I might want to go back to 2020, actually. Well, before January 6, I kicked off the new birthday list with a trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan. […]

Ponyhenge

Ponyhenge

2020 is almost over. This year has been hell on Earth. I’m tired, sad, angry, grieving…as I’m sure many of you are. As I look back, I’m trying to hold onto the fleeting moments of joy I stumbled upon amid the wreckage of pandemic life. Ponyhenge cannot help but be a joyful place. Along a […]

Hammond Castle Museum

A Castle on the Ocean

Allen and I spent a night in one of my favorite places, Rockport, MA, in the fall. We had our share of anxiety about traveling during the pandemic, but we were careful and spent most of our time outside. There were torrential rains on the day that we left, yet we still wanted to see […]

Volante Farms

Farmstands in the Fall…

Ah, farmstands. There’s nothing like a visit to a farmstand in the fall: pumpkins, decorative gourds, apple cider donuts, mums… I love my local farmstand, but it is small. We tried to visit it a few times this fall, but there was always a long line out front. Time to find another farmstand. We found […]

Civil War monument in Brookline, MA

Veterans Day

This year, I attended my first Veterans Day service. I feel embarrassed to admit that, but it’s true. My dad was a veteran, but he didn’t talk much about his experience. He said once that it was one of the best times of his life. (He never saw combat.) He was a military policeman at […]