On distant shores

It was almost exactly two weeks ago that I stood on the shore of Tayabas Bay at the beach at Laiya, San Juan, Batangas (on the island of Luzon in the Philippines – only about three hours from metro Manila) and watched the sun rise. Afterward, when I had spent possibly too much time taking […]

Road Trip Part Two

Gentle readers, forgive me. I should never write a “Part 1” of anything without at least planning out “Part 2.” It was my full and honest intention to start the blog rolling again, to build up steam, to really get back into good writing habits, it’s really important, just like dental hygiene I always say, […]

Road Trip, Part One

It was the farthest I’d ever driven on my own. According to Google Maps, from my front door to the Dugan’s front door was 704 miles. If it’s a drive you ever get to take, across the Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains, take it. It’s never less than lovely, and occasionally breathtaking. And […]

Back from vacation.

Deciding to drive, instead of fly, to Nashville for this vacation was a great decision. The hours to myself, beautiful mountain scenes all around me, singing at the top of my lungs – they just sort of swept everything away. Work and life and everything that might not seem so big taken on their own, […]


I fear I have been remiss in posting here, not for lack of anything to say, but more for lack of time to put it all into words. Life feels busy to me, and fulfilling, if not without frustration – overall, it feels good, and whole. But I’ve felt it coming for a while now. […]