The Flight Before Christmas

It was Christmas Eve, and I was stuck in San Francisco without my sisters or a plan. But somehow, that was okay. We were flying home after visiting family in California. We had a connecting flight to San Francisco and then back to Chicago. With forty-five minutes in between flights, I Read more…

Photo Essay: Discovering Paris

Dear Friends, Bonjour from Paris! After an exhausting overnight coach and ferry from London, I was ready for some relaxation. A few days of good food, new friends, and discovering a new city with my trusty Canon are just what the doctor ordered! I had the most lovely views from the Read more…

Lost in England, lost in France

Sometimes, getting lost is the quickest way to find adventure. It was the morning of August 27th, 2014 when I arrived at Heathrow Airport for two months on my favorite continent… For some unknown reason, I thought that taking an overnight plane and bus back-to-back would be a good idea. “It’ll probably help me Read more…

Taking the Vote to Skye

The day of the vote for Scottish independence dawned with a blanket of fog over the northwest of Skye. I spent most of the morning and afternoon learning to mix concrete and weatherproofing a stone building on my hosts’ croft. During meal breaks, I discussed the Bedroom Tax and Devo Max and Read more…

High Road or Low Road to Scottish independence?

-UPDATED October 1st- I hadn’t even landed in London before I found myself caught up in the tension of the Scottish independence. (And the Islamic State, of course, but that’s not as important here just now!) So I decided to write my own news story on the Referendum. This is Read more…