Growing Up a Travel Brat

From a Travel Pulse Column Published Aug. 30, 2010 This column was supposed to be published in April and titled “Our California Adventure,” a personal recap of my family of four’s February vacation. It was my children’s first visit to California, so we had planned a whirlwind adventure to four theme parks between Los Angeles … Continue reading Growing Up a Travel Brat



Ten years ago today, My universe collapsed. Launched into space without tether, Staked to the ground, flattened. At the same time floating And searching for foundation, While boulders rained in unison Down upon my shoulders. Now I stand and admire the vast sky. But that weight(lessness), Always lingering Until we meet again.

Why I Hate Thursdays and How They’ve Helped Me Grow

I've lost three family members in the past four years, all of them on a Thursday. A chilly Thursday in November 2008--Thanksgiving in fact--ended not with post-turkey coma and pumpkin-pie-smeared faces being shooed up to bed, but with my father-in-law being rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack in front of his family, … Continue reading Why I Hate Thursdays and How They’ve Helped Me Grow

Winnie the Pooh and Wonderful Sundays

One of my favorite Sunday morning rituals is watching CBS Sunday Morning. I always find it thought-provoking, inspiring and ultimately calming... it's good news and provides interesting little nuances and commentary that you can't find anywhere else. Featured this Sunday morning was a spot on the 86th anniversary of the publication of A.A. Milne's first … Continue reading Winnie the Pooh and Wonderful Sundays