At 330 this morning, the chipper alarm on my phone sounded its festive song and I roused myself from the warm cozy bed in Mom’s house in Grand Rapids. I had showered and shaved a few hours prior, and so had only to dress and replace the few items I had removed from my poorly-packed […]Read More Butterblogger Goes to Camp
Hoisting our swollen bags into the back of the waiting cab, I looked up and down the inky streets to where the anemic auras of the sparsely spaced streetlights labored feebly against the obsidian dark of the early morning. These narrow corridors, that only a few hour ago were alive with revelers, now sighed restfully […]Read More Number Fifteen: Memories of Sicily
As with all of my journeys, the time has finally come for the trip to draw to a close. This morning, under the glare of the Sicilian sun, we had a breakfast on the terrace. Something interesting is happening at these hotels in Sicily – they put only a scant amount of food for breakfast, […]Read More The Post In Which I Fail To Take Enough Photos
Sometimes, when I travel, it’s good not to have an agenda. It’s good to just be. To be in the time, and in the place, and to wander whatever city I’m visiting. Surprises happen on days like this. Sometimes. But usually they don’t. The world doesn’t stop or anything as dramatic as that. In fact, […]Read More A Moment In Ortigia
As I have stated before, there are numerous animals here on the farm. The dog’s name is Billi. There is another dog, Rocky, that we don’t see much. The cat is Micci and the donkey is Ciccio. But Billi is a trouble maker (who doesn’t like to stand still for photographs). When I walk outside […]Read More In Which I Encourage Canine Misbehavior
The ancient world calls to me, again and again. It has beckoned me since I was a child, as I checked every book on Greek mythology out of the library at our elementary school. I studied ancient history in junior high school and high school, with the Greek tales part of my studies of Western […]Read More It’s Not A Valley. Why Do They Call It That?