Category: travel

Jerkin

My daughter is in London on a school trip. She comes home tomorrow. It was Saturday evening before I’d heard the news of the London Bridge attack. We had already received an email from her chaperone about the fun they’d had that day and that they were back in their hotel room. I called her…

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Care Directions

I learn things about myself and my world every day I lift my head from the pillow. Every day. But when I travel I am moved in ways good and bad that elevate my journey. I’ve returned from Amsterdam and here is what I have learned. I prefer the country to the city. I used…

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Static

  We leave for Amsterdam in the morning. My seventeen year old thinks she’s going to get stoned with her parents. Isn’t she cute? How do you say, “Not in this lifetime,” in Dutch? We will be gone for a week in our attempt to see as many of Van Gogh’s paintings as possible. I’ve…

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Seam

  We went to Strand Bookstore while we were in New York. I’d never been, first time. Largest independent bookstore in the country, I think that’s what their sign says. It doesn’t matter because whatever their small print, it was a super awesome bookstore. Huge, multiple levels, and filled with that smell of paper and…

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Underwear

Is it wrong to punch a sick man in the face? My whole body hurts and when I think about his wrinkled shirt and incessant coughing, I want to punch him right in his runny red nose. Mr. You-Look-Like-Shit, why did you have to get on my plane? Why couldn’t you have slept through your alarm…

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Sweatsuit

A drunk woman sat in front of me on the plane last night. I’m sorry.  I can’t be kind and just ignore.  This needs to be documented. It’s important to set the scene.  We had just arrived in Seattle from London and this was the last stretch of a long day of flying.  The plane…

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Orange Dress

During a particularly difficult time in my life I bought a print of this painting. The title is Flaming June and about twenty years ago,  I was 23, naive and going through some tough things.  I needed June.  At the time, I didn’t know the painting was famous. Something spoke to me, and even though I…

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Care Label

Hiking to Machu Picchu was not magical.  I did not return with great wisdom, a spiritual awakening or the mysteries of life solved. I guess life is not like the movies, although I would still love to have a soundtrack playing as I live out the rest of my days if that ever becomes an…

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Alpaca Sweater

Paris is that beautiful girl in high school.  The one with the piercing eyes surrounded by abnormally thick, dark, eyelashes.  The girl with the great wardrobe and the older boyfriend that always picks her up after school.  Paris is stunning, sweeping and yet no one really knows her.  She’s distant and a bit untouchable. Peru…

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