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A Traveler's Home

A Traveler’s Home

A traveler often wonders about home. Depending on the journey the thought may be wistful, or full of gratitude for the chance to be transported. The location matters–domestic or foreign or strangely, oddly-domestic, as the USA is full of contrasts in culture, English dialects, climate, attitudes, religious clairvoyance, landscape. For me it takes time to […]

Paris, City of Light, November 2015

Paris, City of Light, November 2015

Paris, City of Light, recently under siege. November 2015 Three weeks ago I was in Paris, the City of Light. Life was calm, there were musicians on the streets near the numerous Gilbert Jeune bookstores on rue St Michael, on the steps of Sacre Coeur, in front of Notre Dame. Asian couples posed for photographs […]

In St Malo, seeking All The Light

In St Malo, seeking All The Light

I have read All The Light We Cannot See again, here in St Malo, holed up in my room on the 3rd floor of the Hotel France et  Chateaubriand, facing the sea. It is nighttime—dark and cold tonight. Perhaps the November 1st summer-like weather of today, with its 68 degrees, was the last gasp. I found […]

Thinking Southern: In France

Thinking Southern: In France

Collioure, France sits in a Southwest corner of France, along the Mediterranean Sea, three train stops east of the Spanish border. Tucked into a bay, between some other little village-sized towns, it boasts all good things southern: sunshine, warmth, saltwater swimming, a slower pace. In October the temperatures have cooled a bit, mid-sixties is normal, […]

Western Lonely: Montana to Washington

Western Lonely: Montana to Washington

Western Lonely: Montana to Washington: the Real West.   Robert Fletcher sums up my travels through the beloved West this past week. My range is from Montana to Washington, west to east and back again, covering 1,900 miles give or take a few.   Open Range Western land was made for those Who like land wild […]

Cuba, the new tourist frontier

Cuba, the new tourist frontier

  Cuba, the new tourist frontier Cuba, is brimming with optimism. Fidel is still living but in seclusion, Raul Castro (Fidel’s brother) is pushing the edges of allowable economic entrepreneurship, and the buildings in central Havana—that look as if they have been abandoned for 60 years— are beginning to be restored. But it is going […]

Fishy Business

Fishy Business

  Looking through old family photos can be fishy business. I mean those little black and white, bordered-with-white-wavy snaps of a moment eons ago. The kodak kind, now gone forever. The sort your mom posed you for. The kind one of the siblings always hated, always turned away from, always made faces about, always said […]

Perfect Paris Part 1

Perfect Paris Part 1

  Finding Paris Perfect is not impossible if you lead with the belief that no one spot is inherently perfect. As in larger life, if you make the most of where you are it can become perfect. Well, you can make it your own kind of perfect. And so I propose Paris. In November Paris […]

Powell's Books—the Greatest Browse On Earth

Powell’s Books—the Greatest Browse On Earth

  Portland Revisited: Powell’s Books—the Greatest Browse On Earth A few months ago an esteemed former writing teacher of mine wrote an op-ed piece about the Bolinas, California Library’s decision to empty their shelves of some older printed books and make a switch to e-books and new best sellers . He was aghast.  I understand the […]

Fishing Adventures in Man Camp

Fishing Adventures in Man Camp

Adventures In Man Camp Although fishing season seems far off from where I sit, I know spring is headed this way. And once again it will be time to think about fishing: the mental preparation required to locate my gear and organize it, the thinking about where to go to fish, and dreams of catching […]

Fall in the Pacific Northwest

Fall in the Pacific Northwest

  Fall in the Pacific Northwest. It’s raining outside. Of course—some would say—this is Washington the Evergreen State. How do you think it stays this way? But I know it does not always rain here. September’s brilliance is just passing from memory, with days that pushed 80 degrees, definitely lots of 70s and then 60s. […]

The Fort Smith, Big Horn River Montana Chronicles

The Fort Smith, Big Horn River Montana Chronicles

  The Fort Smith, Big Horn River, Montana Chronicles Part One Extended road trips, with uncertain agendas are rare and surprising. This month I found myself wandering between Ft. Smith, Missoula, Twin Bridges and Bozeman (Montana) for fly fishing, with a desire to travel on south to Yellowstone and the Teton National Parks— those icons […]

Etna Green, Indiana: America’s Heartland

Etna Green, Indiana: America’s Heartland

Etna Green, Indiana , a pretty little town of just under 600 inhabitants, sits along the south side of old Route 30, about 40 miles south of South Bend. Chicago is a distant thought, three hours to the northwest. The town of Warsaw, its big brother, is a mere ten miles to the east. The […]

Yakima River guide

Love on the River, Fishing

Love on the River I have a confession: I love to fish. I learned to cast to rising trout with a fly rod and a dry fly from a moving boat on the Yakima River, with Chuck Cooper, guide. I swear, fishing saved me from drowning under the weight of children, husband and home in my […]

Confessions of a Left Leaning Snowbird

Confessions of a Left Leaning Snowbird

  by  Guest Contributor, Syl Lassman I’m a snowbird, sort of. Like most of my species I have the time and resources to flee winter. However, there are different sub-species. Most here share a common thread. They tend to be elderly, conservative, religious Christians, and religiously patriotic. I am none of those–with the possible exception […]

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2013

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2013

Tulips and Daffodils and Iris in the Skagit Valley: Festival Alert 2013 Spring is coming to the Skagit Valley in NW Washington State. If crocus are the harbingers of Spring, and daffodils the precursors to tulips, it’s going to happen again this year. Even though frost made an appearance last night, my crocus are blooming and […]

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