A Moving Story

A Moving Story

Revision is a messy business. Then again, so is moving a house. This is our family cottage undergoing a significant revision. In 2005, we moved the cottage to a new location after twenty-three years in this location on Whalehead Beach, NC. The area around the cottage had become cluttered with houses more akin to mini-hotels,…

Stumbling Upon Paradise

Stumbling Upon Paradise

What does paradise look like? This is the view from Kula Lodge in upcountry Maui. It hugs the Haleakala Crater at an elevation of 3200 feet. It was built in 1948 as a private home, which hosted parties for mid-century celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Spencer Tracy, and Katherine Hepburn. But for a modern audience,…

Paw Paw on a Nazi Plane

Paw Paw on a Nazi Plane

This is my grandfather in WWII. It’s not his plane, of course. He was fighting for America. But I’ve always been intrigued by this photo, haunted by it. What was the backstory? Did he capture or kill the pilot of this plane? Did he just stumble upon the plane while on patrol and pause for…

The Soul of a Story

The Soul of a Story

I sometimes attach meaning to houses that may be too nostalgic. But houses are where lives are lived, where memories are made, and where the past becomes a marker for understanding the present. And to build them takes a lot of people with different roles. This house is our family cottage, built in 1980 on…

Ava’s Patient Hike

Ava’s Patient Hike

This is my niece, Ava, in her peachy outfit and adorable hat. My hiking buddy, along with my nephews and my sister. Ava was demonstrating the strength of a modern female, posing in the Fearless Girl pose I was teaching her. We’d just survived a horrendous hike so she’d earned this bold pose on top…

The Fearless Girl

The Fearless Girl

The Fearless Girl statue is a bronze representation of me. Well, not really, but rather it’s a representation of how I want to feel every day but often fall short. When I visited New York City in September 2018, the girl statue was facing down a bull on Wall Street. I just love her! I…