Monthly Archives: December 2012

Gifts from the heart

Originally posted on Taste for Adventure:
Are these hands giving, or are they receiving? This holiday season, and every day for any reason, share these gifts and enjoy many happy returns. Attention – take the time to put other things…

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The Galapagos: a special gift, including the Christmas Iguana

Were the Galapagos at the very top of my bucket list for years and years and years?  Yes.  Were the Galapagos Islands anything like what I expected?  No.  Was I disappointed?  Oh, no, quite the contrary.  I’d be happy to … Continue reading

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Peru: Machu Picchu for sure, and so much more

As a “westerner” it is humbling to travel to other parts of the world and learn – or be reminded – just how many civilizations preceded the European-centric ones, during which time large, stable, creative societies were sustained over many … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Newtown shootings

Tragedy casts a pall over other plans.  The senselessness of current events defies understanding.  I was going to write about something else today, but in the wake of the shooting of 26 people in Connecticut yesterday, mostly little kids, everything … Continue reading

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Blogging, writing, and suggestions for New Year’s resolutions

As you are always told at writing workshops: to start writing, just write.  Blogging is just the thing.  Aside from providing a vehicle for writing regularly and for being “out there”, the blogosphere allows writers of every stripe to share … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Christmas traditions

Two weeks before Christmas and, although today was a beautiful 5 deg C sunny day, the signs are unmistakable.  Tomorrow we are promised wintery weather: some snow, plus ice pellets and freezing rain (ugh).  The mall parking lots are full, … Continue reading

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What did I know about Bolivia? Nothing!

One of the items at the top of my lifelong bucket list had been to visit the Galapagos Islands.  My husband helped me check that item off my list when he found a travel package a few years ago that … Continue reading

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