With the house and contents sold, our new home for the next seven years was a 37-foot Fifth Wheel RV with three slide-outs and a fireplace. Summers were spent at a campground in Canada that we had visited with our family for 25 years on the holiday week- ends. When October came we were ready to visit our family and friends and see the USA. Here are some of the highlights of our years on the road.
In “Peace is Every Step,” the prolific author and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh wrote about bells of mindfulness. In some cases these “bells” were actu- ally bells; but at other times they might be a stoplight, a child’s laugh, an alarm clock -- you name it. The purpose of these “bells” is to remind ourselves to be brought back to our center, that place where we can become consciously aware of Self (capi- tal “S” intentional).
There are no cars. Canoes, kayaks, and feet are the only modes of transport. A gift shop, modest restaurant, and a small general store are its only retail outlets. Campsites and a few primitive huts are the accommodations, except for the Rock Harbor Lodge, located on the northeast side of the island, and the quarters for National Park staff. Needless to say, it is a huge deal to make it here due to its remote- ness and wonders of nature. Wolves and moose coexist here due to previous ice bridges from Canada over Lake Superior; huckleberries and thimble ber- ries are epicurean wonders to enjoy during hikes; inland lakes, streams, swamps, and breath- taking coastal views of Lake Superior are mesmerizing while enjoying the sunset and reflect- ing on the day in your journal. It is truly a naturist’s paradise.
I can’t remember a year back then when the trains didn’t start fires. In the spring, after the fires, the first things that would start to grow were the ferns. My mother and I would go down to the area that was burnt about the time that the ferns were just getting to the right height, before they were fully grown, and pick them.
Etsy?? Conjures up thoughts of “itsy” and “bitsy,” but it is far from that, with over 2 million members, 3.4 million items currently listed and total sales of $87.5 million in 2008. So, what is Etsy? Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade.
Art House is about family.
Art House creates massive, nationwide art projects that ties hundreds of artists together – and anyone can participate.
It was started three years ago with the goal of bringing art to the masses. Since its inception, Art House has interacted with thousands of artists from around the world, all brought together with the common goal of creating art and sharing it with each other.
“Dear Old Love” is short notes to people we’ve loved (or at least liked). Requited or unrequited. The ex-husband in Grace Paley’s short story “Wants” says to his ex-wife, “I attribute the dissolution of our marriage to the fact that you never invited the Bertrams to dinner.” If you’re bitter, that’s the way to express it at DearOldLove.com.
Alcatraz Island in San Francisco is one of the most celebrated
maximum security prisons in the world. Surrounded by water and almost impossible to escape, the history behind this prison is captivating.
If you simply want a few plants around to decorate your home or apartment, or if you have a desire to harvest a fresh salad for supper, you can have a “victory” garden no matter where you live or how much space you call your own.
“Freerice.com is an international, viral sensation. Folks from Thailand to Germany and India are just as enthusiastic . . . improving thousands of lives, all with a simple, collective, click of a mouse.” - CBS Evening News
"FreeRice really hits home how the Web can be harnessed to raise awareness and funds for the world’s num- ber one emergency.” - UN World Food Program