Ordinary Life

For the last ever so many years – 15? – I have kept a blog. Today I looked through them and they gave me a sense of place. This is where we were and this was what was happening. I lost that the last few years. I tended to post when something eventful was happening….

Kiawah – Thanksgiving 2016

We have been going to Kiawah for more than 30 years because my sister and her family have gone there and it is a good place to meet up. The first time I remember going was probably Easter, 1985. Eric was just a baby so we left at night after John got off work and…

Places of Quiet & Beauty

I seek out places of quiet & beauty. Not popular spots. Places that speak silence to me. Places where I look up in wonder. Places where a wordless dialogue opens up between me and everything else, (I and Thou?). These last few days I have needed such a place. I dare not even name the place in…

Wellsville

From Montreal, we drove down the Ontario side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, crossing back into the U.S. at the Thousand Islands and then made our way through the Finger Lakes of NY State to Wellsville. I didn’t take a lot of photos; we let ourselves bask in the beauty of the country. We have…

Montreal

We went to Montreal to see Barbara. I met Barbara some years ago through our Internet writings (blogs). We connected at some level and recognized each other. Barbara is also an extraordinarily gifted artist whose abstract calligraphy rivals that of Thomas Merton. Over the years Barbara has gifted me with many of her works of…

Quebec City

Some people say that going to Quebec City is like going to France without the long plane ride. I wouldn’t go that far, but Quebec City was very different for us. Lovely. One of the first things to catch our eye as we ventured into Quebec City, was this statue of Francois de Laval (now…

The Old Canada Road

Driving through Maine on the Old Canada Road is a feast for the eyes and for the soul. Quiet and beautiful. Not much traffic, but all of the moose signs were flashing. Once, in Newfoundland, we had a moose incident in the middle of the night. It was traumatic for all of us and we…

Ship Harbor Lighthouse and Mud Flats Hike

We ventured into another part of Acadia to see a working lighthouse up close. In another life, I will be a light keeper. The hike around the mud flats and out to the sea was challenging for me, with all the stairs and rocks, but worth it. Navigating this terrain, I know that I’ve come…

Bar Harbor

We know our way around Bar Harbor, we know where the coffee shops and the restaurants are, and we’ve done a fair amount of window shopping. Coffee is good here. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like lattes for some reason. The ones I get here make a Starbucks coffee very 2nd rate,…

Whale (and seal) Watching

The whale watching trip was fun (and cold!). We saw lighthouses, seals, puffin, and a few small minke whales. The boat went about 25 miles out into the ocean – they call it the Gulf of Maine – so there was the immensity of the sea and sky with no land in sight. It was a…

Acadia

Acadia National Park is big, encompassing a lot of land and islands along the coast of Maine. It is the very 1st of our country’s national parks and is 100 years old this year. Acadia is a place of incredible beauty. Rocks and sea. One of the first things we did while in Bar Harbor…