Tales & Reflections

Art and Nature in New Mexico

I awoke to the “blue mountain” in the distance, framed by wintry cottonwoods, still exuding the presence and power that so captivated O’Keeffe....

Tripping Over Wildlife in Alaska

“In this weather, you’d step on a moose before you’d see one.” Larry Benz was standing with his hands on his hips, squinting out the glass doors of his hand-built cabin at the northern boundary of Chugach National Park, Alaska. The usual, sweeping vista of...

Journeying to the Soul of Portugal through Fado

I reached for the wine, dark plum red in a clear stem glass, standing on a crisp white tablecloth. It was from Bairrada, a celebrated northern wine region through which I’d just traveled with my husband Miles to this southerly perch in Lisbon. I wanted...

A Child Explorer in the Amazon

Dad’s duffel bag was permanently damaged, but it was a small price to pay to meet a superhero, in my opinion. “Now I see why they warned us!” my mother sighed. As always, mom was right: the locals who met our group of explorers had...

Ryoanji: Six Stones

The rock garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto is one of my favorite places in Japan and one of the most sacred places on the planet for me. In its sere simplicity, its stark purity, it’s a place that slows me down, quiets me, leads...

25 Things I Love About Brazil

As much as I love exploring the wilderness areas of Brazil, it’s the people and culture that most touch my soul. After five months there, what I remember most are the endearing characteristics of the Brazilians I met, from Teresopolis to Rio de Janeiro to...

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