Two hearts climb: a VDay post

In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I would gush on about my husband just a bit, share the adventure of our marriage and a bit about a conversation that grew from listening to a podcast. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were on a long drive listening to podcasts as we …

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No destination, just curiosity

When our son was younger we used to have adventure weekends. Or adventure days. We'd get up early and pack up the Land Rover with lots of food and tasty treats, and head out. All three of our dogs have learned that Land Rover times are the best times, and the moment the car door …

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England and Scotland by Foot, Car, Family and Friends

Sometimes travels take us in delightful ways that we had not considered, and when we hop a train or climb a hill, the destination is a sweet surprise like a frosty rootbeer float on a hot summer day. The nooks and crannies in the U.K. most certainly offer those delights. If you are lucky enough …

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Even in harsh conditions, we thrive

White Sands National Park Sometimes living in the desert I am struck by how harsh the living conditions are. Just a few miles up the Sandia Mountains on the outskirts of Albuquerque, the landscape is dry and hot, filled with cacti and rattlers. It is not a hike for the faint at heart, or those …

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Cultivating presence in DIY

Fence. Completed. We believe in DIY in our household. There is almost nothing that we can't do on our own. If we don't know how to do it, we ask someone for help. That person is usually our neighbor because we all believe that he knows how to do everything. Sometimes we just have to …

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Getting out of our bubble

Recently my family and I traveled to Panama City, Panama. We went to one of those beach resorts where folks talk about "relaxing" on the beach, drinking cocktails and swimming in the pool all day. And many people dream of these vacations, I guess. The hotel was a bit off the beaten path, and after …

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