Our daughter and son-in-law had an out-of-town soccer tournament with their oldest, so we had a chance to host Madelyn this past weekend.  Her birthday was two days earlier and we promised her a day of belated celebration.  A picnic in the Smokies sounded the…

 Reflections on driving in Italy    “Here I go down that wrong road again     Goin’ back where I’ve already been     Even though I know where it will end     Here I go down that wrong road again”    – John Hartford, Wrong Road…

There, I got your attention.  And yes, we kind of drove over a cliff.  Details soon, but do you have that dream ever?   That terrible frustration dream where you are in an out of control vehicle down an impossibly steep hill (the hill where your car…

After another very great Gate1 Travel fly-drive deal for Italy, Marcy and I find ourselves back in Montecatini Terme – a town about 25 miles west of Florence.  We are very travel-weary but I think we have gotten used to the rhythm of how it feels to do…

Waterville is is a small town situated on Ballinskelligs Bay on the Ring of Kerry N70  route.  Our bus stopped here for lunch on a (surprise) cloudy, cool and misty day, but this was a colorful, friendly town with lots of photo opportunities.   Our first mission was to…

I went through my portfolio of Ireland pictures in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and I came up with such a random collection of scenes and subjects that I figured I would serve up posts in several batches throughout the day.   Come back and see…

 “A Face in the Crowd” is this week’s WordPress photo challenge — I knew right away where to take this one.  It was the most beautiful of days in one of the most beautiful of places on earth.   Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage…

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is entitled: Tour Guide and asks “What do you love about where you live? Show us!”  As I commute home this time of year, the clear air gives me a great view of the Smoky Mountains looking directly at the peak…

“I wrote some lines once on a time In wondrous merry mood, And thought, as usual, men would say They were exceeding good.” – The Height of the Ridiculous, Oliver Wendell Holmes There was no small energy expended Saturday fretting over publishing a new post…

Sure, I’ve had a few seasons of the blues. Of course, winter is the perfect blue season, and the cold, coughing, stark, sloppy, bill-paying January blues can be the worst. A small dose of Isaiah 40:31 always seems to get me back to a quick…