September 6, 2019

When I was about 11 or 12, someone gave me a complete set of Anne of Green Gables novels.  The covers were each decorated with a romantic portrait of the novel's protagonist and beautiful script letters.  I read the first novel immediately.  I learned about and loved A...

June 21, 2019

Whew!  I've been busy, guys.

When I left Colorado, I made my way to Kansas City.  I enjoyed some barbecue and a little shopping.  From KC, I took myself to St. Louis.  I know I've mentioned it before, but one of my very favorite movies is Meet Me in St. Louis.  Because...

April 16, 2019

I spent most of last week in Portland, Oregon.  It's a city I've been looking forward to seeing...and yet, I found myself hiding out in both my Airbnb rental and my hotel room.  I lost all of my initiative.  I was re-watching Murder, She Wrote and I found mys...

March 30, 2019

I've been gone from this blog for two weeks now.  I flew back home to see my grandmother for her 90th birthday and to babysit my beautiful little niece for a few days.  It was a nice little break and I was so, so excited to see both my grandmother and the baby.


February 1, 2019

The same day that temperatures were predicted to be -21 degrees Fahrenheit in Chicago, I was putting my new hiking stick to use by climbing up Airport Mesa in Sedona, Arizona.  It was probably about 62 degrees Fahrenheit.  The sun was shining.  It was pretty glorious....

January 12, 2019

I'm actively fighting the temptation to write this entire entry as a history of the town of Marfa, TX.  It's a fascinating place and I enjoyed it there so much that when it came time to leave, I was sad.  I didn't want to go (and might not have if not for a service app...

December 29, 2018

Every year, I dread New Year's Eve.  It's my least favorite holiday.  I don't like the pressure to have fun (if you're a new reader, I'm not very good at having fun).  I don't like the pressure to improve oneself that comes with a new year.  I don't like the idea that...

July 16, 2018

My parents raised me in Buckhannon, WV.  It is a really pretty, sweet little town.  As a teenager, I hated it, of course.  I hated how small it was.  I hated how conservative it was.  I hated that I couldn't get away with anything.  It was smart, really, raising my bro...

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