Update during Pandemic – week 8

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I think of each of you every day so here is a chatty letter telling of some things I’m learning (and relearning, and relearning…) from this experience: I am constantly being reminded that to overcome the mundane requires imagination and persistence, and that doing things just…

To Love the World More

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson During the first week of “self-distancing” I’ve learned a few things and I’ve noticed a few things. First, there is a tremendous need to love the world more. By this I mean there…

Good Question

I just came across a question, “Who are you when no one is watching?” How many of us take time to answer that question? Last year, I intentionally did not plan any trips after June knowing that our first grandchild would arrive in July. Uncertain of my new role as Grandma, I reserved all my…

Zoo Take 2

Empathy. I recently heard a very inspiring talk at the Minnesota Zoo about how empathy is the beginning of the journey to conservation. I have to agree. I had the privilege of growing up in a family that spent every free weekend, holiday, and vacation hiking, camping, horseback-riding, fishing or skiing in the Rocky Mountains….

Travel

In a Minnesota suburban YMCA I overheard a woman describe her trip to Alaska as “It’s just like Minnesota but with mountains.” She went onto convey the banality of the trip. I couldn’t believe my ears. Does this look like MN? Alaska is spectacular, as is Minnesota. There are similarities, but to compare the two…

Italy

Why on earth would I visit the typical sites in Italy? I would much rather see the less known regions.  So when I received a brochure for the East coast of Italy I booked the tour for my daughter and I. We flew into Bari, Italy and stayed in the town of Polignano. We explored…

And now for Norway

It’s been just over a year since I posted scenes from our cruise ship en route to Norway. Life and other travels have delayed posting the photos from the country itself. I think it’s about time. Norway is not only breathtakingly beautiful it is also keenly aware of social responsibility. We found that refreshing. Our…

So, Ireland

It seems visiting Ireland is on everyone’s to-do list. It was certainly on mine, but I wasn’t allowed to take one family member without taking the others and that never seemed quite do-able. So, when a brochure arrived in the mail offering a one-week trip to the “Wild Atlantic Way” with no single supplement fee,…