TRAVEL

66 Degrees North: 5 Reasons to Visit Iceland

Have you visited 66 degrees north of the Earth’s equatorial plane?  I believe Iceland is the epitome of enchantment. If you haven’t stepped foot on its lava rocks, black sand beaches or immersed yourself in the Blue Lagoon, now is the time to make your...

Wanderlust: Italy

“There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.” – Josephine Hart I have often wondered what is the magical ingredient about travel that enables time to feel suspended and one’s senses to amplify.  Does this...

Wanderlust: 10 Manhattan Moments, Version 2

In a seize-the-weekend decision, we landed in New York last week.  I am all about intention (it is my word of the year in case I haven’t mentioned it lately) so I seriously packed a mission statement and  I shared it with the family.  You can read it...

Seize the Day: Red Rocks

On a complete whim last week, I made a carpe diem decision.  I hit the pause button on obligations and deadlines and traveled to the mountains. Do you spy the tiny heart recessed in the red rock above? Holy serendipity! This rock is appropriately name Creation Rock. I...

Exploring A Midwest Treasure: The City Museum

Beach? Mountains? or Museum? In the heart of the midwest lies a marvel of a museum.  A symphony for the senses, a repurpose miracle, a love story honoring architectural treasures.  Artist Bob Cassilly channeled his extraordinary creative genius to transform the former...

Wanderlust: Top 10 Manhattan Moments

We recently returned from a quick visit to the city!  It seems to be a city of many names:  Manhattan, the Big Apple, Metropolitan New York, Gotham, or the Garment Capital. My love for this city is very enthusiastic.  It scared the children.  During our taxi ride from...

Suitcase Heart: Nashville

Hello Nashville… Apparently I love Nashville (you can read about it here, here and here). There is something about traveling that ignites the senses.  Maybe the wonder unfolds because you aren’t in the groove of obligations and endless to-do lists.  I love...

Door to an Ocean Breeze

Of magic doors there is this, you do not see them even as you are passing through. – Anonymous We just landed back in reality.  I know this for a fact because I just finished a pile of laundry and found sand in the lint trap.  I fell head-over-heals in love with...

Through the Lens: Chicago

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” -Marc Riboud We left on an impromptu trip to Chicago for a couple of days last week.  Long ago we lived in Illinois so we have been to Chicago countless times.  To mix it up on this trip, I...

An Asheville Departure

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson Lingering fun but time to pack and head back to the world of responsibility, deadlines and reality.  I made an ankle...

Serendipity in Asheville

According to Patti Digh there are six practices for intentional living: Say Yes, Be Generous, Speak Up, Love More, Trust Yourself, and Slow Down, as illustrated by 37 extraordinary and humorous life stories in LIFE IS A VERB: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live...

Hello Asheville

I touched down amid the mountains that surround Asheville, North Carolina today for a three-day vacation with a friend.  I love Asheville.  There is something magical about the people who live here, the pace (or my perception of the pace), the art community and...

Sunday Snapshots: 6.24.2012

If I’m not as depressed as you think I should be, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day I have left because there’s no other way to play it.  Never underestimate the...

A Saturday in Pittsburgh

“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.”   – Randy Pausch Pittsburgh is awesome… Not sure what I was...

Hotel Creative

We are on a Father’s Day getaway treating Mark to a driving experience at the Chicagoland Speedway.   Big trackside excitement for Mark and my brother. We checked into our Chicago hotel only to discover they were having a water problem… They kindly made...

Savannah Visit Inspires Art

Today  I am creating something inspired by an art show we attended last spring in Savannah, Georgia.  We happened to stumble upon an outdoor art show there… Then, I saw this bumper sticker! It seemed as though I talked to all the exhibiting artists that Savannah...

Symphony of Sound: Visit to Tomah, Wisconsin

The first step on my run this morning in Tomah, Wisconsin… I love the shape of the rock on the left.  Doesn’t it look like a solid hut?  Last week I attended a meeting regarding the fall marathon I will be running in honor of melanoma warriors and angels...

Jump for Joy

“The only true measure of success is the amount of joy we are feeling.” – Abraham Hicks Creative in the sand today.  Simple as that… We love the beautiful beaches in Freeport (Grand...

Lunt Fontanne Hike

“Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were universally regarded as the greatest acting team in the history of the English speaking theatre. They were married for 55 years and were inseparable both on and off the stage.” Oddly, thanks to Madonna and the lyrics to...

Concert at the Ryman

Tonight:  NeedtoBreathe concert.  Fully immersing in the brilliance of sound.  Attending a sold out show at the Ryman Auditorium. Read more here about the historical Ryman:   Ryman Auditorium – Official Website – Nashville, TN. Photo Friday tip:  Make your...

Seeing Messages in my Path: Nashville

I read an article today in an old issue of Somerset Life called “Watering the Soul of an Artist “by Corey Amaro.  In it she wrote, “Being an artist is about the desire to create, the desire to see beauty, the desire to feel the color and live through...

Pickin’ Sunday: American Pickers Visit

As a family we watch two shows: 1.) Modern Family and 2.) American Pickers.  I love Mike Wolf and his pursuit of forging and finding treasures among dust, rust and “junk”.   We visited LeClaire, Iowa today to shop Antique Archeology, as featured on the...