Postcards from Real Life: Why?

Today I head off yet again to my home-away-from-home, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. This trip marks my final class in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification program so as of Sunday I’ll have officially graduated! One of the most frequent questions I get about the program is why I chose to do it. Well for one, I’m a …

Another notch on the birthday belt…

Today I get to tick up my age another notch. Of course, we all know that age is as much a state of mind as it is number on our driver’s licenses. I’ve had my times this year when I felt “middle-aged” but I’ve managed to maintain the attitude and energy of a twenty-something for the most part. Anyway, I …

Possibilities

Today I head back to Tremont for the next class in my pursuit of the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification. It’s a little trip, just a weekend, but it is travel nonetheless and a very welcome adventure at that. In spite of the “littleness” of this journey in terms of time and distance, I’m still excited about what lies ahead. So …

Going Solo

I know you parents out there feel my pain. As rich as our kids make our lives, sometimes you need a little adult time. And when you spend as much time together as we do in our roadschooling pursuits, that becomes the understatement of the decade. I’ve alluded to my July solo trip to the Smokies in recent posts about …