Planning the Perfect Mini-Vacation

  We started doing mini-vacations years ago while on a farm because it was easier to find someone to watch animals for one or two nights than for a week or more.  Longer vacations require time off of work, loss of pay, and are often quite exhausting.  Now don’t get me wrong, I will take…

A Trip to the North Pole

When my son, Andy, was very little he wanted a wolf from Santa.  He wrote him a letter and sent it to the North Pole.  There was a very convincing (and very likely the real) Santa at the mall.  I was able to whisper a few things in that old Santa’s ear before Andy climbed…

There’s Just Something About the Mountains

  There’s just something about the lulling embrace of the mountains that cajoles my spirit into quiet. There is a comfort wrapped in the songs of pines surrounding every side. A murder of crows sing raucously of encroachment.  A haunting and thrilling sound. Two does jump airily by. There is just something about the West.  Sweeping desert valleys…