New Mexico’s Mystical Powers Infuse Stones and Pools at Ojo Caliente

I walked out into the warm sunshine, wrapped in a post-massage fuzzy haze, when the hummingbird stopped, hovering at eye level. We looked at each other for a still second before he sped away. Sinking down into the nearby rough-hewn wooden chair conveniently nestled among the fragrant, potted herbs, I breathed deeply. In slow motion,… Continue reading New Mexico’s Mystical Powers Infuse Stones and Pools at Ojo Caliente

What Happens When You Say ‘Yes’ to Travel

“Be careful what you wish for.” Over a year ago, I set myself up for yes. In particular, saying yes to travel. Being a freelancer, I have ultimate schedule flexibility; having an empty nest (sans our ancient cat), my spouse and I have great freedom. With these things in mind, Hubby took a new job that… Continue reading What Happens When You Say ‘Yes’ to Travel

Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

Quick: list your top five “quintessentially American cities.” By “quintessentially American,” I mean that people outside the United States would also unhesitatingly  produce these names (whether or not they–or their American counterpoints–could locate or recognize corresponding states). I bet good money Boston made your Top Five. “The Cradle of Liberty” is chock full of American… Continue reading Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

It never fails—traveling reveals magic. My trip to northwestern Nebraska this fall certainly did; I discovered a time machine. So many different days, I stood in a building or on a hill or plain and completely lost myself in the past. Goosebumps rippled my skin over pioneer wagon ruts still tracking the Oregon Trail. While… Continue reading Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

It’s December. A light but bracingly chill breeze wafts by, ruffling that slightly scratchy woolen scarf warming your neck. Clean, crisp puffs of winter air become visible wispy clouds of vapor with each escaping breath. Now, take a deep inhale. Green smells–fresh cut fir, boxwood, farm stand vegetables–mix with the warm aroma of that spiced coffee clutched… Continue reading Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

Spending a Delightful Weekend at Destin’s Sugar Sand Beaches

The sound of surf. The view–a horizon divided between turquoise water and pastel blue sky . The feel of soft, warm, sugary sand. The salty tang of fresh Apalachicola oysters. Ah. Our getaway to Florida’s Emerald Coast refreshed all the senses. Why Destin in the Fall? Women Communicators of Austin holds a fantastic silent auction… Continue reading Spending a Delightful Weekend at Destin’s Sugar Sand Beaches