Forging Paths

I’m dipping into the deep well of Thoreau this week thinking about the paths we forge for ourselves, big and small, deliberately and inadvertently. I see the small paths as habits, the large ones as mindset. There are both positive and negative versions of these. Unfortunately, just like gaining weight is easier than losing it and spending money is easier …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Roadschooling in Concord, Mass.

If you’re keeping up with the tales of our Overland Expo to TBEX expedition, you know that we struggled greatly with a string of travel woes during our six-week journey. But by the time we reached Boston, it seemed we’d turned the tide and gotten our travel mojo back. We were in full road-schooling mode again. Camping in Concord… Typically …

Kiva

I may be up to my eyes in boxes but I can’t tell you the delight in being in a better place. After over six years of being in the wrong place and struggling to correct the mistake of that choice… I barely have words. So I hope you’ll indulge me as I revel in the new Val in Real …

Postcards from Real Life: Nature

Dear friends, I’ve been inside too much in the last few weeks. Semi-convalescence is apparently not something I do well. I’ve been trying very hard to allow my toe it’s healing time but it seems even at home, and especially with the pressures of house showings, I’m getting nowhere. In the meantime, I’m also going a bit batty not getting …