The Everglades: River of Grass

“There are no other Everglades in the world.” Those are the introductory words of the famous book, “The Everglades: River of Grass”, written in 1947 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas (April 7, 1890 – May 14, 1998).  They are considered to be the most famous words ever written about the Everglades, and the book itself is a delightful description of what once was, and was almost lost. … Continue reading The Everglades: River of Grass

Mothers, Daughters and Girl Scouts

A visit to the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) in Savannah, Georgia has been on my bucket list since I was eleven years old.  That was the year my mother took her Girl Scout troop (including my two older sisters) all the way from Missouri to Florida to see the newly opened Disney World.  Along the way, they stopped in Savannah, while I stayed … Continue reading Mothers, Daughters and Girl Scouts

My Self Righteous Gene

For those of you who are starting to follow this blog but don’t know me personally, I feel it’s important to fess up to my primary personal flaw, before you read something here that I accidentally let slip by in the editing process, or in the event that I carelessly slip into ranting mode (I promise, I’m trying really, really hard not to do that.) … Continue reading My Self Righteous Gene

The Women’s March on Washington

  I worked as a ballot clerk on Election Day in November of 2016.  It was a wonderful experience and I finally got to see first hand how the voting process works, how the integrity of it is carefully protected at the local level, and how people of different political views come together to make sure everything is fair and runs smoothly.  I’m lucky to … Continue reading The Women’s March on Washington

Peagan on the Road

As I prepare for my big four month road trip, I am aware that one of the biggest challenges for me on the road is going to be eating healthy.  I know this already because most of the time, I follow an eating plan that my super awesome doctor Mark Hyman describes as “Peagan”.   Peagan eating is basically plant based paleo; with small portions of … Continue reading Peagan on the Road

Cities and Their Monuments

London, England The idea for this blog (the whole blog, not just this post) started back in 2010, when I was visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, an exquisite space of famous architecture and history. Below the main area, there is an underground crypt filled with monuments and statues. I was standing in that crypt the moment it occurred to me that I wasn’t seeing … Continue reading Cities and Their Monuments

Antietam National Battlefield & Cemetery

Even during the quiet of winter, the area around Sharpsburg, MD and the surrounding hills are strikingly beautiful.  For me, it was difficult to wrap my head around the history of the area because the serenity of the scenery, and the reality of the day memorialized here, starkly contrast one another.  One is incredibly peaceful, the other horrifically brutal. All in a Twelve Hour Battle … Continue reading Antietam National Battlefield & Cemetery