75 Years of Trying to Keep Animals Alive

For the past 10 years, I have taken the kids to Utah for summer vacation. We make our annual exodus to “Camp Grandma” for a number of reasons. The first is that after 10 months of managing schoolwork, lessons, activities, and social calendars for four children, some part of me…a big part…craves a break. The…

Top 6 Sites for Travel Fun and Inspiration

As we have conducted research for this trip, we have discovered a virtual community of kindred spirits. Though more unusual for Americans than Europeans or Australians, round the world treks are not uncommon. For all those who think we are crazy or entering uncharted territory, we offer the following six sites as corroboration and inspiration:…

Thanks Sammy Hagar

It has been a week since the 30 hour haul across the country. I am still recovering and haven’t had much time to write or even think about writing. Anne is doing a great job of documenting the first leg of the trip, but I did want to give a big thanks out to Sammy Hagar because if we had to cross the country at 55 mph, we would still be driving…. Is there any chance that in the next 12 months another politically active rocker, perhaps Zack de la Rocha might decide to take on the establishment and get 75 raised to 85 or as the great state of Montana attempted, unlimited?

Senseless Luxury and Just a Tad of Hypocrisy

I have proudly been spouting simplify, simplify, simplify for the past few years as I have fought to declutter and streamline my life. In one sense I have performed well and detached myself from the world: I keep a simple, no frills wardrobe (except for my twirly skirt–ask my class); I try not to clutter…

That’s Definitely Not Crumping

Tom called me away from my new favorite TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance?”, last night so I could see a new video posted to You Tube that had already gotten 250,000 viewings during the day. Turns out it was a dance video, though of a completely different ilk than what I had…

Take a Left at Jericho

I read Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities in college and was forever imprinted with the fear of making a wrong turn. In the novel a Wall Street broker, a veritable “master of the universe,” loses everything–wealth, power, family and freedom–as a result of an accident that occurs after he gets off the wrong exit…