Category Archives: travel

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.

A swamp in New Jersey? I suppose you could call it a swamp. But if the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge had been named today instead of in the 1960s, we might be calling it a wetlands. In fact, the … Continue reading

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Manila American Cemetery — Traveler on Foot

  I’m re-blogging this post by Glenn Martinez because it reminds me of a day long ago. My mom was visiting us in the Philippines, and the American Cemetery was close to where we lived. I’d never been there before, … Continue reading

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Secrets and Revelations

The allure of secrets. Keep something secret, and suddenly everyone wants to know what it is. I’m thinking now of John Wayne, an actor who became famous for his portrayal of the strong, silent type of cowboy. Watching his movies, … Continue reading

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Blogging, Three Years and Counting

  I started my blog on August 7, 2013, more than three years ago. Since then, I’ve published 177 posts–not many in comparison to some of my more prolific blogging buddies. Still, when I started, I couldn’t have imagined writing … Continue reading

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Crossing the Mts., Scenes of Eastern Washington

  When I visit my daughter, I start out on the cloudy, sometimes rainy, side of Washington State. The side of cedars and Douglas firs, salt water beaches, and skyscrapers. I begin at sea level and head up into the … Continue reading

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The Letters My Mom Saved.

  When we lived in the Philippines and later in Vanuatu, I wrote letters to my family every week. And every week after my parents read my letters, Mom filed them away. That’s a lot of letters. Let’s see, fifty-two … Continue reading

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A Chinese Island Retains Its Old World Charm.

Who would have thought that my contractors, a husband and wife team, would have visited Gulangyu on their Asian cruise! After all, they had five or six countries to visit, and the cruise only allowed three stops in China. Surprisingly, … Continue reading

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Freedom and Confinement

My daughter lives on the other side of the state, four hours away by car. Not a bad drive … except in winter when there’s a good chance of encountering snow and ice on Snoqualmie Pass. So … last week … Continue reading

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Sketching Baguio, an Artist’s Favorite Holiday

For an artist, a sketching trip is the best kind of vacation. And for an artist living in the Philippines, nothing beats Baguio for its breathtaking mountain scenery and cool weather. In 1979, I was spending most of my spare … Continue reading

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