Hikers in the Fog

Dear Reader, There is a beloved Soviet short film called “Hedgehog in the fog” (yozhik v tumane) that depicts an adorable, little rodent who pokes around in a murky wood to find his friend “bear.” With no more than 10 minutes of action, this 1975 cartoon has been embraced by international audiences and endures as... Continue Reading →

When on Winnipesaukee (Part 2)

Dear Reader, Guess what! I am writing to you with parchment and quill (okay, pen and paper) like a Victorian-era protagonist. With a pen in hand and notebook on lap, the words are springing to you without the aid of a dictionary or a thesaurus (gasp!). For those of you who have read part 1... Continue Reading →

When on Winnipesaukee (Part 1)

Dear Reader How many of you would like a weekend to totally unplug? …I wouldn’t! I love technology and all that it has to offer, but I realize that I may not be in the majority on this one. Regardless, incidentally, I willingly walked myself into a no-tech (or rather “low-tech”) situation. With a group... Continue Reading →

Great Turtle Island (Part 2)

Dear Reader, Mackinac Island is a hidden gem in the Midwest. Tucked in the northwest corner of Lake Huron, the island can be the perfect vacation spot for those in search of coastal charm and rustic living. In part 1 of this post (more here), I described the (somewhat complicated) journey one must take to... Continue Reading →

Great Turtle Island (Part 1)

Dear Reader, Thinking about the American Midwest does not usually inspire visions of horse-drawn carriages and turquoise waters. Mackinac Island (pronounced “Mack-uh-nah”), Michigan, however, is not your typical Midwestern destination. Situated on Lake Huron right across from the Mackinac Bridge, joining Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, lies Mackinac Island. Just 3.8 square miles and home... Continue Reading →

Michigan’s Little Bavaria

Dear Reader, When was the last time a place made you go “wow!”? For me, this happened when we traveled 90 minutes northwest of Detroit to the little city of Frankenmuth, Michigan. Frankenmuth is no ordinary place. After driving through miles of fields and farmland, we were confronted with a giant, arching sign printed with... Continue Reading →

Pit Stop in the Motor City

Dear Reader, Would you ever consider vacationing in Detroit? For me, the answer isn’t “no,” exactly, it’s more like… “perhaps…”. Now that I am in Detroit, I see that like any major American city, there is a lot to do here! When determining your Detroit getaway, here are some things to consider: Detroit River Price.... Continue Reading →

A Taste of the Big Apple

Dear Reader, Short, spontaneous trips can be great to revitalize one’s spirits. In my continued work-from-home situation, I am finding it increasingly difficult to focus my attention on my computer screen. While I used to work for over an hour straight without distractions, now, anything longer than 15 minutes feels like a mental burden (yikes!).... Continue Reading →

[Review] Harpoon Brewery

Dear Reader, How much beer can you drink in ten minutes? That question right there was pretty much the theme of the Harpoon Brewery tour and tasting. In my alcohol-production-facility tour and tasting experiences, I have come to find that these attractions come in all shapes and sizes. When I went on whiskey distillery tours... Continue Reading →

Gently Down the Stream

Dear Reader, They say, “the best things in life are free.” And, when they say the “best things” they are probably referring to health, love, family, friends, etc. — which are great, but there are very many other beautiful free things out there! I’m a bit of a scavenger (more here), finding free clothes and... Continue Reading →

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