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Category Archives: Travel Writing

Visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

Published in 2011 Leaven Issue 2 The blustery drizzle of a January morning had thrown palm fronds on the ground and live oak leaves at my feet along winding dirt paths as I made my way away from the dry, quiet gift shop. And there it was, a building and a name that had guided […]

Fast saris

We were 18 Dubai ex-pats on a bus tour of India in February 2005. The bus offered cool, dry, and luxurious travel, even without an onboard toilet. I sat near the back, unable to tolerate watching the crowded streets, the near-misses of kids, camels, and carts. Our driver’s calm approach to so many distractions was […]

Almost Safe in Dover

When can you let down your guard when you travel? In your hotel room? At passport control? Never? The tea was hot, the cream seemed fresh as I shared my digestives with Alec, the terrorist. I’d been waiting for him in the Dover tea shop for twenty minutes, and now we sat huddled at the […]

Strolling Olvera Street

Originally written for Westminster College’s Travel Writing class, Fall 2006 The sharp pork, corn, and chili aromas from tamales filled the air as the tour group stood in front of Los Angeles’ Union Station looking over at Olvera Street. “Let’s meet back at El Paseo at 11:30 for lunch,” said Janice, our guide. “El Paseo,” […]

Greece in Bloom

Originally written for Westminster College’s Travel Writing class, Fall 2006 “You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.” Alex Waugh This isn’t the Greece of my 2006 calendar. The Greece of island beaches, Melina Mercouri swimming in her underwear, little white houses with blue roofs, Zorba dancing with […]

Beneath Ireland

Originally written for Westminster College’s Travel writing class, Fall 2006 I had our 25th wedding anniversary all planned out. Tom and I, our three sons plus a girlfriend, would head off to Ireland for two weeks, rent a van, shop, research our family tree, visit megalithic dolmens and the Cliffs of Moher, eat big Irish […]

‘On Golden Pond’ It Ain’t

Originally published in The Nome Nugget, Summer 1995 I always thought it would be ideal to live six months of the year in one place and the other six months of the year in another place. I’d have a trailer down in Tucson for the winter and I’d have a summer cabin in a lovely […]

The Recipe for a Real Blueberry Pie

Originally published in The Nome Nugget, Summer 1995 Blueberry season is almost over in Nome. It hasn’t been an easy berry-picking season for us Nomeites with weeks and weeks of rain. You could hear it in the murmurs at the post office, you could see it in the listless faces on Front Street. We were […]

Rosebud

Originally published in The Nome Nugget, Summer 1995 It’s been a quiet week in Nome. The sun’s coming up closer and closer to lunchtime now and it’s risky business walking downtown. We got a little bit of snow and then it got cold, the powder blew away, and a slick hard film coated the entire […]

Russian Ballet

Originally published in The Nome Nugget, Summer 1995 As you read this, I’ll be unpacking in an apartment in Anchorage. And while the family is looking forward to malls and Kentucky Fried Chicken for six months, my heart tells me we’re doing the wrong thing for winter. We should have stayed put in Nome. “But […]