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

Riding Out the Storm with Books

I love writing a fun recap that marries my reading obsession with travel. But as I sat typing about Caribbean sunshine, leisure time, and vacation reading, today’s light book report felt, well, incongruous. On a normal gray, windy, rain-soaked morning, calling up those St. John images would be a welcome diversion from crappy weather. But… Continue reading Riding Out the Storm with Books

Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

If only we could share sensory perceptions electronically. Right now, a light but bracingly chill breeze would waft by, ruffling that slightly scratchy woolen scarf warming your neck. A clean, crisp puff of winter air would become visible wispy clouds of vapor with each escaping breath. Take a deep inhale, and green smells–fresh cut fir, boxwood, farm… Continue reading Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

Morning Runs and Big Sky

Can you fall in love with the sky? For the last five days, I’ve spent my  mornings outdoors in northwestern Nebraska, running and walking. Exploring. Not in the big cities commonly associated with the state, but small towns–Gering, Crawford, Alliance. The settings varied: patchworks of lush neighborhood lawns, historic parade grounds and horse barns, striated… Continue reading Morning Runs and Big Sky

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