Minnneapolis, Minnesota, USA
December 06
I am a stay-at-home mom who also happens to be an avid writer and traveler. I studied French and International Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, lived in France, and have wandered to over 30 countries. I reside in Minneapolis, MN with my husband and two young children. I currently write three blogs:, and and am a frequent contributor to


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A river of scorching lava blazed and flowed from the crater’s rim as fire shot out of its belly.  Last night Volcán de Fuego or volcano of fire, one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala and one of the three volcanoes overlooking Antigua, erupted/

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MAY 19, 2012 9:42AM


“If you visit only a few Spanish cities in your lifetime, make beautiful romantic Toledo one of them”.  -Frommer’s Spain Guide 2004

These were the words that prompted us on a whim to take an afternoon day trip to neighboring Toledo.  Only an hour or so outside of Madrid li… Read full post »

MAY 18, 2012 2:59PM

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands

This week’s photo challenge is another stellar one:  Hands.  There are so many amazing things we do with our hands that it was hard for me to decide.  We use our hands to love, to help, to survive, to live, to explore, to create and to feel.

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I promised I would move on to my next series and here it is: Sumptuous Spain!  I am digging back through my archives a bit as I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from readers on it.  So, I am going to go for it even though (a) The trip was… Read full post »

MAY 16, 2012 1:53PM

Wondrous Spain

As promised, I got the good old photo scanner out and scanned my eight year old pictures from my trip to Southern Spain in May 2004. These were the days before I took a zillion photos yet thankfully I kept detailed notes of my travels in my handwritten leather journals.  I have… Read full post »

MAY 16, 2012 11:22AM

A walk through the forest

Mother’s Day was quite the gift.  Not only since it was a day for me to be pampered it was also a gorgeous spring day here in Minneapolis.  The sky was baby blue, the cottonwood seeds were snowing white and all the fragrant flowery spring trees were in full bloom.… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2012 9:21AM

A return to Iceland

I felt like I needed to spice my blog up a bit.  Lately I’ve done an awful lot of posts on Minnesota and even have another one in the queue.  When I started this blog it was mostly for sharing my stories and photos from traveling somewhere else.  Yet I came… Read full post »

MAY 14, 2012 1:49PM

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

For this week’s official Weekly Photo Challenge, the subject is perhaps one of my favorites:  Blue.  I love the color blue.  It is my favorite color.  I thought I’d put a collection of all my favorite travel photos with the color blue below.  I couldn’t figure out what one to f… Read full post »

MAY 14, 2012 9:24AM

The falls of my little creek

Saturday was a postcard perfect day with hardly a cloud in the sky.  The sun was shining brilliantly, the humidity was low and we were feeling energetic to try our first long family bike ride of the season, a 12-miler roundtrip to the falls and back (Note:  I had written inRead full post »

MAY 13, 2012 9:28PM

Release of the Cottonwood

Spring is in full force in Minnesota.  An early spring with its telltale signs of blossoming trees who have come and gone and now on to the white, fluffy cottonwood trees which are coating the skies white like snow.  We road our bikes on Saturday in a coating of white fluff.… Read full post »

MAY 12, 2012 10:09PM

The Meaning of Mom

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts

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MAY 12, 2012 8:25AM

Sophia’s garden

I have always truly believed in the importance of planting a seed, tending a garden and watching it grow.  My grandmother had a large three-tiered garden at her Minnesota home during my childhood.  I remember her love of flowers, especially the gorgeous lavender lilacs of springtime that would deli… Read full post »

MAY 11, 2012 8:52AM

Release of the butterflies

Yesterday was a special day.  It was the last day of preschool for my five-year-old daughter Sophia.  Now, she is headed to Kindergarten in the fall.  It marks the end of babyhood in a sense.  On to new beginnings for me and for her.

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Lately I’ve been having fun playing around with new iPhone applications like Snapseed and Instagram.  For a novice photographer, these photo processing applications are a ton of fun.  You just snap away and can process the picture into amazingly different styles right at your fingertips.

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MAY 9, 2012 8:58AM

Goodbye Guatemala!

To my friend Lucy, who showed me her world in Antigua and how to love the art of photography.  I will forever be grateful for your kindness and friendship.  May our paths meet again!

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on

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Being the true wanderlust that I am, it is no coincidence that I try my best as a mom to instill my love of travel, culture and adventure in my children.  Whenever I get back from a trip abroad, I make sure to show them my photographs and talk to them… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2012 10:18AM

The big picture: Cerro de la Cruz

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.†– Jack Kerouac

I woke up early Sunday morning, my last day in Antigua and in Guatemala itself, to a wonderful gift.  It was sunny.  I laid in bed… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2012 11:04AM

Happy hour on top of the world

“I cannot rest from travel; I will drink life to the lees”.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses

After full day of non-stop sightseeing and picture taking (over 400 each!) Lucy and I were exhausted and ready for some rest and relaxation.  It was time for a drink.  Lucy knew just the/… Read full post »

This week’s photo challenge, unfocused, is a fun one. Normally I delete all my unfocused photos, tossing them away and thinking they are no good. However, sometimes it is those very unfocused pictures that tell the story of what you are trying to capture. Like this photo below.

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How do you say goodbye to someone who has graced this earth for over 96 long, wonderful years?  It is impossible.  I don’t think you ever can.

My grandfather during the cocktail reception at my wedding, July 8, 2000, doing what he loved best.  Playing his beautiful, melodic songs onRead full post »

Yesterday was yet another spectacular, summery day for May.  An early morning thunderstorm of massive, sideways rain cleared up nicely and left the land singing.  The verdant, virgin colors of spring were so brilliant that it made me intensely alive and energetic.  I could hardly wait to g… Read full post »

I must admit, I seem to have an odd fetish when traveling.  Every time I go to a new place there is something unique that seems to gravitate to me. In China, it was the exotic foods.  In Morocco, the goods at the souq. In Nepal, the prayer flags.

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MAY 2, 2012 4:02PM

The Daily Run: Signs of Summer

After spending my morning helping my son Max’s first grade class dissect owl pellets*, it was time for my daily run.  (*They are doing a science session on raptors and last week I chaperoned a bus-load of loud, crazy first graders over to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center&#8230… Read full post »

A strong aura filters around the ruins and church of San Francisco. Inside the sanctuary, the tomb of the only saint in all of Guatemala rests. It is believed that the powerful and humble Santo Hermano Pedro de San Jose is watching over the place in a sense.

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For weeks, Sophia had been constantly asking me when we would be able to go back to the Minnesota Zoo and see the zoo babies.  Each Spring, around the middle of March an entire collection of baby calves, goats, chicks, bunnies and piglets are born and they are a joy… Read full post »