Interlude: a day filled with light

Before I get started writing about the last part of my journey with my psychopathic ex, I wanted to share my experience today because it was such a mindblowing one. There’s been so much darkness in these posts and doing … Continue reading

8 ways to survive a 637 mile car trip in just one day — and make it amazing.

I love highway driving and I love long road trips most of all, even if I’m driving alone.   Most experts recommend that for anything over 400 or 500 miles, you should think about staying somewhere overnight and splitting your … Continue reading

Autumn’s last gasp: day trip on the Parkway.

Looking up toward Craggy Dome, 6105 ft. Down here in the southern Appalachians, the trees still have some color (a few are even still mostly green!)  I’m also happy to say that once October came, the trees seemed to be … Continue reading

Little gifts on a crappy day.

Latest additions to my rock and geode collection. Life can be surprising. On the whole, today has been a crappy day, but there’s always something to make a bad day more tolerable, if you just pay attention. God doesn’t forget … Continue reading

Why write about politics and religion?

When I started this blog, I remember saying I would never write about politics or religion. Four years later, I’m writing about both politics and religion.   Though not every one of my posts covers these two divisive subjects, a good … Continue reading


I’ve always been drawn to ruins.  Something about the dark, destroyed, hopeless and desolate fascinates as much as it frightens me. I remember the burned out apartment buildings in the South Bronx in the 1970s and 1980s.  Blocks upon blocks … Continue reading

The bullies are winning and my heart is breaking.

Today I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach and recovering from some terrible illness at the same time.  I have no energy.    I just want to pull the covers over my head and sleep.  But I can’t … Continue reading

The dumbing down of American candy.

American commercial candy is bad, and in recent years it’s gotten a lot worse.   Maybe my standards are too high — I’ve had European chocolate, gourmet chocolate made by independent candymakers, and marzipan, which is popular in many parts of … Continue reading