Since I Have Arrived

A collection of travelling tales by a mother and daughter

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Travels with Poky Little Puppy

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Poky Little Puppy Finds a Thin Place                In the 1940’s, my great aunt, Ella, working for Emmanuel Episcopal Guild, made a layette for Church World Service, which they shipped to war impoverished people of Europe. My grandmother, Kate, also enclosed a stuffed Poky Little Puppy.  She pinned a note on Poky. “Dear Unknown [...]

Traveling to Thin Places

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

  From Dust…   Thin Places in the Dirt     May, 2002. Duriamba, Nicaragua.  My student and I, six feet under, working on a Habitat for Humanity Build Team. We spent our week digging a six- foot hole, using shovels and primitive tools to break the rock-hard ground for a septic tank.  The hot [...]

Daytrippin’ to the Amish Country Co-op

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The former “Mattress Factory” has had a conversion. The Bertha, Minn. Amish community no longer needs to set up roadside stands. They have formed the Amish Country Co-op, south of Bertha just off highway 71, with owner Mary Larson. You will be greeted with shelves of fresh baked goods, seasonal certified organic Amish fruits and [...]

A Walk with Dylan Thomas in Wales

Friday, July 1st, 2011

A Walk with Dylan Thomas– The Cadence of Wales Mumbles, Wales. Local Mumbleites will tell you that if you come to live in Mumbles for awhile, you will lose your ambition. “That’s what happened to my husband, “said a Welsh woman sitting next to me on a city bus in Mumbles, “We came for a [...]

And you think you’re cold? A guest blog from the South Pole

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Enjoy our guest blog from Judy down in the South Pole, a native from Makoti, North Dakota (a town soon to celebrate 100 year!). January 30, 2011 Pole Tales #16 Weather:  -15F/-41F wind chill Ave Temp:  -25F Population: 182 Flights:  157 Satellite Times: 1:51am  -  8:26am (plus various afternoon times) Ice Cream:  Pistachio is the only [...]

Walking the Long Eat

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Being familiar with studio crawls, pub crawls, wine walks, progressive dinners and church potlucks didn’t really condition us for a wine climb on a sunny afternoon in Italy’s Tuscan region. But the event, which is basically a long walk with food and wine tastings along the hilly path, has become an annual tradition; one that [...]

Travel the World with Tater Tot Casserole

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Some good old comfort food When the winter gets long and the temperature matches the stock market, you might need to lift your snowy spirits with some specialized Fargo-Moorhead comfort food? Well, it’s not expensive; it’s easy to make; and it’s a sure hit around the world (more about that later). This is the tale [...]

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