Lean Into It

Nobody wants to lose, but are there lessons to be learned from losing? During this season of March Madness we’ve watched an abundance of college basketball at our house and on the road. The final score of each game may reveal a team’s strength for that day, but most interesting to me is how the … More Lean Into It

Pompeii Exhibit

Are you planning a trip to Naples, Italy this month? If not, consider a trip to Kansas City, Missouri. If you live in the continental USA, a plane ticket to Kansas City is much less than one to Italy. Union Station achieved another coup when it was chosen to be the opening venue for this … More Pompeii Exhibit

March Madness

Have you chosen your partner yet for The Big Dance? I’m referring, of course, to the NCAA Championship Basketball Tournament. Figurative language figures high this time of year. March Madness—the season of feverish fanatic fans of college basketball. Some say the term originated in the 1980s. Others claim it began over 60 years ago. Whoever … More March Madness

Sugaring Time

What comes to your mind when you think of Vermont? The first thing I think? Maple syrup. A sweet scent lingered in the air near the sugar shack when we visited the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, Montpelier, Vermont. https://www.morsefarm.com Springtime is Sugaring Season. You still have time to attend one of their Sugar on Snow … More Sugaring Time

Lincoln’s Rise

For Presidents’ Day I’ve chosen to honor our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln since he was the closest thing I had to a childhood hero. His wisdom and courage in the face of extremely difficult times has always impressed me. One of the many reasons I have admired Lincoln are for his wisdom as evidenced when … More Lincoln’s Rise

To My Valentine

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) My alarm beeped at 4:30 a.m. Rising stiffly, I carefully straightened my back. … More To My Valentine

5 Trips to Hawaii

You’ve taken 5 trips to Hawaii? No. Not me. A couple I know. They have traveled to the island of Maui every February for the past 5 years. Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Savvy savers, this husband and wife earn travel points with an airline and stay at a time-share vacation … More 5 Trips to Hawaii

Super Bowl 2017

Football. Love it or hate it, there’s something on Super Bowl Sunday for almost everyone. We gave up TV in our house several years ago. It was a good year. We read more, played games, completed projects, and grew closer as a family. We only missed having TV a few times. One of those days … More Super Bowl 2017

Kilimanjaro, Part 3

Many things seem terrible to us at the time, but in retrospect we see the humor. Below is Part 3 of my friend, Dave’s trip to Tanzania. The remainder of his story regards his flight home. It offered him the opportunity to utilize his mountain climbing techniques in a rather unusual way. His original story … More Kilimanjaro, Part 3