Embracing Zion

Happy Birthday to America’s Very Best

August 25, 2016 Dear National Park Service, Happy 100th Birthday! Two years ago today I wrote about my family’s visit to three of your parks in Utah. It was magic. Here’s that post. Hope to see you in Glacier next summer! Kudos to President Woodrow Wilson for signing the “Organic Act,” which made you Park Service folks responsible for protecting […]

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Peter on ladder, always wanting to show us the new. Handprints on the Wall with my East German friends. Cathy and I, seeing more than ever could have imagined.

Pack Lightly

Just back from a glorious hiking trip, there’s only one real criticism: once again, I over-packed. My daughter and I were the main culprits; we clearly had overly high aspirations for our mountain social lives. The irony? I once lived out of a single bag for nearly a year, my go-to possession an oversized brown sweater. A bad economy helped […]

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Chatter in the Head by Darlene Campbell

Guest Post: An Artist’s Rendering of Dreadfully Busy

So excited to share a guest art post today from writer/illustrator Darlene Campbell, who blogs at darlene-freeniebelle.blogspot.com. How’d we connect? We’re both in an online writer’s group that logs in at 7:30 am every Thursday morning from Australia, Texas, Arkansas, Maryland and Ohio. (Now you see why so early–we’re balancing central time, eastern time, and Australia time! The support is […]

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silly beach

It’s Summer–Don’t Forget

In the midst of all our busyness–and by that I mean vacation planning, and packing, and unpacking, and driving the children here, there, and everywhere, and signing up for all the fall stuff, and nagging people to sign up for all the fall stuff–in the midst of all of it, don’t forget. Don’t forget to […]

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Happy Tweety sailing along in his ancient minivan....

I Do Not Like You, I-Nine-Five

Bad day on the highway? Want to keep it loose? Go all out Seuss. Yep, it’s time to take on the traffic beast in rhyme. We all love our summer vacations–the beach, the mountains, amusement parks. If only we didn’t have to take the highway of hell, also known as Interstate 95, to reach them. Sadly, […]

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Re-enacting THE MOMENT. Except in a nicer bathroom with snake decals.

One Tall, True, Slithery Tale

Snakes. Plumbing. Two not-so-fun words that go worse together. Using a drain snake to unclog the shower drain? Yuck. Rumors of snakes in the sewer? Double yuck. Finding an actual, real snake in your toilet? Dreadfully Yucky. Veronica Rodriguez and I have similar horror stories. Ok, her snake story involved a 12 foot python; that does qualify […]

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