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We Walk

Rails form the perfect pathway for exploring unknown landscapes among familiar neighborhood territory.

Rails form the perfect pathway for exploring unknown landscapes among familiar neighborhood territory.

I’ve been back in the States for nearly equal time to that for which I was abroad (13 months each) and I’m awed that nearly everyday brings fresh reason for reflection. This is my second winter (after escaping two winters in favor of perpetual tropical suns), and I took the day to marvel at a world transformed by the magic of snow, and cold, and ice.

Magnolias await their chance at spring, holding back their buds.

Magnolias await their chance at spring, holding back their buds.

Nashville experiences more deep freezes annually than most would predict for its placement one state solidly below the Mason-Dixon Line. In the burn of consistent summer temperatures of the 90s and 100s, it is impossible to conceive of winters with spending weeks below freezing, much less whitened landscapes. Yet here is the proof. Continue reading


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Finding Goodness at the Source: Pok Pok

Call it a pilgrimage if you like, tonight’s dining experience is no less than a holy act as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve come to SP Chicken, megalithic restaurant at least in the history of one of my favorite, and one of Portland’s most famous, restaurants. Behold the inspiration of Pok Pok!!!

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Great Blue Yonder

Bags fully packed (ahem, over packed), gifts selected & loaded up, compression socks on, iPads, iBooks, iPhones, igadgets fully charged & updated, apartment packed up and vacated, stuff stored, friends hugged and hugged some more, shots updated, mess acquired, bills paid or suspended, tax documents organized, drycleaned clothes hanging, unwanted goods returned, dog surrendered, job completed, travel networking cards stocked, dentist visited, books downloaded, movie torrents leached, cried with family and friends, offered love and goodbyes and thanks for your love, tips, support & advice.

I’m in Chicago now. I’ve been through 2 airports and 2 security stations. My bag is checked, I’ve stocked up on coffee, water and moisturizer for eyes, skin & nose. Final calls made, thanksgiving cards written.

This is it: GO TIME.

I set off for the great blue yonder full of newborn wonder, receptiveness and immense gratitude. You are all such good people, thank you for sharing yourselves with me. I will never be able to express what you all mean to me. Thanks for you gifts, nurture them and your happiness.

This is just the beginning. Lets all give thanks. Lets let our eyes twinkle with love on this holiday.

Love and eyes on the blue.

~Lauren