24 Jul, 2020

Sharing Impressions from an Epic Trip to Peru Last Year: A Sand Storm Threatens a Flight over the Mysterious Nazca Lines

July 24th, 2020|Tags: , , |

On our trip to Peru last year, we first traveled south, past all the depressing shanty towns of Lima, mainly to see the pre-Columbian Nazca Lines. This post continues my [...]

17 Jul, 2020

Sharing Impressions from an Epic Trip to Peru Last Summer: Beginning with the Shocking Poverty of the Shanty Towns of Lima

July 17th, 2020|Tags: , , |

Seeing the shanty towns south of Lima on the very first day we were traveling in Peru last summer left an indelible impression on me. Never in my life had [...]

1 May, 2020

Enjoying a Quirky, Tranquil and Off-the-Beaten Path Part of London: the Regent’s Canal Towpath

May 1st, 2020|Tags: , , |

My favorite photo from our walk along the Regent's Canal Towpath: My brother bending his way through one of its tunnels. I have another virtual trip for you: [...]

17 Apr, 2020

Come Along on a Virtual Tour of the Ballestas Islands, whose Atmosphere is More Striking than that of Famous Machu Picchu

April 17th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Whenever I think of the Ballestas Islands, I see this image in my mind. It is my favorite photo of our entire trip to Peru. As we are [...]

17 Jan, 2020

Ode to My Hiking Boots: Saying Farewell to My Feet’s Best Friends

January 17th, 2020|Tags: , |

This summer, I finally had to give you up. I embarked on my trip to Peru with a new version of you, Just as comfortable and snug, but water tight. [...]

5 Jul, 2019

How a Sad Story from the 18th Century Brings to Life Today’s American Locations

July 5th, 2019|Tags: , |

View of Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine, May 2019 Before we left on our recent trip to Acadia National Park, an acquaintance recommended I read Evangeline - A Tale [...]

31 May, 2019

Sharing the Best Photos of our Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Petra, Jordan this past January (Part 3: Petra)

May 31st, 2019|Tags: , , |

When you arrive in Petra, you have a fairly long walk from the visitor center to the actual archaeological site. Along the way, however, you can already see multiple cave [...]

10 May, 2019

Sharing the Best Photos of our Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Petra, Jordan this Past January (Part 2: Amman)

May 10th, 2019|Tags: , , |

If our first stop in Jordan, Jerash, was windswept and chilly, it was downright cold at the Amman Citadel. The Amman Citadel has been a site of fortresses dating back [...]

26 Apr, 2019

Sharing the Best Photos of our Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip to Petra, Jordan this Past January (Part 1: Jerash)

April 26th, 2019|Tags: , |

This past January I was fortunate enough to be able to cross one of the places I always wanted to see off my bucket list: Petra, Jordan. Mind you, this [...]

1 Mar, 2019

The Story Behind the Story: How to Finally Get an Essay Published

March 1st, 2019|Tags: , |

Parc Montsouris, Paris, September 2017 I have a new essay published in Bella Grace Issue 19, which hits newsstands today! I can't even begin to tell you how [...]

25 Jan, 2019

The Benefit of a Traveler’s Daily WhatsApp Messages to a Friend: Boosting Mindfulness and Creating a Travel Diary

January 25th, 2019|Tags: , |

The WhatsApp message that began the daily ritual: "Here a photo for you, view from our hotel, you also sent me such nice photos of the big wide world [...]

16 Nov, 2018

A Vintage Children’s Book Illuminates a Visit to Plymouth Plantation

November 16th, 2018|Tags: , , |

On our recent trip to Boston, we visited Plimouth Plantation. As often happens when traveling, you go out to see one thing and discover another. Plimouth Plantation hadn't been the [...]

26 Oct, 2018

Recipe for a Perfect Day in Solitude Visiting Shaker Village in Kentucky

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , |

"...when [you] remember feeling joyfully bound to the whole earth or even universe -- [those moments] are most likely to be associated with being alone, and often alone outside." found [...]

21 Sep, 2018

Knitting or How Creativity Connects

September 21st, 2018|Tags: , , |

I always knit when I'm on a plane, or crochet. In fact, if I have a flight coming up, and I don't have a knitting project going, I frantically cast [...]

10 Aug, 2018

Crossing Lake Michigan on the SS Badger Ferry

August 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Turns out my one day of pure R&R this summer was spent crossing Lake Michigan on the SS Badger Ferry (our trip to New Orleans wasn't exactly R&R). Assembling this [...]

29 Jun, 2018

The Best of New Orleans

June 29th, 2018|Tags: , |

Not a place where we could eat, but it was still fun to see Paul Prudhomme's original restaurant still operational. I have his Fork in the Road cookbook, and his [...]

11 May, 2018

The Ever Elusive Artist Date in the Japanese Garden at the Fredrik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

May 11th, 2018|Tags: , |

I might be good at writing my Morning Pages, but I am horrible at keeping Artist Dates. These are two of the three pillars sustaining a creative life, according to [...]

23 Feb, 2018

Why Returning to Our Roots is so Meaningful

February 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Why is it so meaningful to return to your roots? To where your ancestors are from? To visit places you only know from stories and pictures? I’ve asked myself that every [...]

9 Feb, 2018

Venice Revisited

February 9th, 2018|Tags: , , |

This is my favorite photo of our trip to Venice last March: My brother's hands caught taking a photo of the Grand Canale as we were standing on the Rialto [...]

19 Oct, 2017

Jewish Encounters in a Non-Jewish Land – Traveling in Scotland

October 19th, 2017|Tags: , |

  Today I'm happy to share my essay "Jewish Encounters in a Non-Jewish Land," published recently in the brand-spanking new Sasson Magazine. Please head on over [...]

10 Aug, 2017

I Always Wanted To…

August 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

...visit the Montfort Castle in northern Israel. As my contribution to the Field Guide to Everyday Magic Blog Hop, I'm sharing how I finally did so because I have found [...]

19 Jul, 2017

My Book and I in Jerusalem

July 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

My book and I just had the great fortune of spending time in Jerusalem. For me it was an "again," and, while my book per se had not been to [...]

16 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Israel – At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

April 16th, 2017|Tags: , , |

In time for Easter, my essay "At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre" appeared on Jerusalem Moments. With it, I thought I'd share a few photos from and around this [...]

4 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Fait Accompli I – My Grandfather’s Staircase

April 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

  Today is the publication date of my memoir Jumping Over Shadows! Hurray! And thus I offer you my very first book companion post, a series I plan to run every [...]

1 Nov, 2016

My Artful Blogging Story

November 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Scottish Highlands, August 2015 Today the winter issue of Artful Blogging hits newsstands, and it features my photo essay "The Accidental Travel Blogger." This is a dream come true for [...]

31 Oct, 2016

Gravestone Errors & Corrections

October 31st, 2016|Tags: , , |

While we were visiting Minute Man National Historical Park last weekend, we stopped for lunch in the nearby colonial town of Concord, where I noticed two old graveyards in the [...]

20 Oct, 2016

A Visit to the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery

October 20th, 2016|Tags: , , |

The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery is a forest of its own. (Photo by Rivka Schiller) I have a certain fascination for cemeteries, and when my friend Rivka Schiller recently shared her [...]

6 Sep, 2016

Ireland – The Giant’s Causeway, Then and Now

September 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

My favorite place in Ireland is the Giant's Causeway on the coast of Antrim in Northern Ireland. I love the mystery of it, i.e. the fact that even geologists are [...]

12 Aug, 2016

Ireland – How Green It Is

August 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

    Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland {August Break 8/11: Green} Today's August Break prompt of "green" is the perfect kick in the behind for me to share some of my [...]

28 Jun, 2016

Xi’an Muslim Quarter

June 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Perhaps because, unlike sites like the Terracotta Warriors (which had been my number one China bucket list item--photos soon!), I had no preconceptions, no one else's images in my head [...]

28 Mar, 2016

The Power of Keeping a Promise to Yourself – Visiting the Greek Monasteries of Marsaba and St. George in the Judean Hills

March 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

St. George's Monastery, Wadi Qelt Always, always, I have wanted to see the Greek Orthodox monasteries of Marsaba and St. George, built into the cliffs of the Judean Hills. But [...]

14 Mar, 2016

When a Friend Dies

March 14th, 2016|Tags: , |

Today I found out by happenstance, via Facebook, that a friend of mine passed away. We weren't close friends or I would have known that her battle with cancer had [...]

29 Dec, 2015

The Best of Jerusalem 2015

December 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

To summarize my stay in Jerusalem this summer in one blog post? It's a tall order, but here goes. We spent an inordinate amount of time on an exceedingly hot [...]

28 Dec, 2015

The Best of London 2015

December 28th, 2015|Tags: , , |

We took a weekend "side" trip to London from Scotland to visit relatives and tour a little. Here are my best shots from that sojourn. We did the touristy thing [...]

26 Dec, 2015

The Best of Scotland 2015

December 26th, 2015|Tags: , , |

For the last few days of this year I decided to run a "Best of..." series to pay homage to some of the best times this year, i.e. travels and [...]

9 Sep, 2015

The Postcard Tradition

September 9th, 2015|Tags: , , |

I haven’t been around because I’ve been chilling, and before I was chilling, I was traveling—days crammed with stuffing suitcases, riding taxes and buses, making it to the airport on time, [...]

12 Aug, 2015

Shuk Mahane Yehuda, Jerusalem

August 12th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

Any market is a feast for the eyes, and a shuk (= Middle Eastern market, pronounced "shook") is especially so. It is also a photographer's paradise. All those colors, shapes, [...]

13 Feb, 2015

Off the Beaten Path in Israel: Zohar Stronghold

February 13th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

The cold is getting to me (Chicago's high is 17F today), so it's time for memories of warmer days and an entirely different landscape than winter's bleak outside. I haven't [...]

25 Sep, 2014

Wandering the Streets of Akko

September 25th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Today is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, so I thought I'd share another glimpse of Israel, from a day trip my daughter and I took to Akko in July. [...]

14 Sep, 2014

Manaus Journal (4): The Amazon is a Mirror

September 14th, 2014|Tags: , |

  I'd seen photographs of the mirror-like quality of the Amazon in National Geographic, but to find myself floating on it was a whole other experience. I spent the better [...]

25 Aug, 2014

Tel Aviv Street Scenes

August 25th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Since I'm still preoccupied with my daughter being in Israel, I thought I'd share some of my photos taken while walking around or sitting in cafés in Tel Aviv, providing [...]

8 Aug, 2014

Manaus Journal (3) – The Ideal State of Being – a Hammock

August 8th, 2014|Tags: |

On our two-day Amazon adventure in between attending World Cup games in Manaus, Brazil, we stayed overnight in a floating lodge, the Tauari Inn. I will share more photos from [...]

7 Aug, 2014

Manaus Journal (2) – Tie your House to a Tree

August 7th, 2014|Tags: , |

In between attending two World Cup games in Manaus, the capital city of the Amazon, we had time to explore the river and the rain forest. When we were visiting [...]

7 Jul, 2014

Manaus Journal (1) – Terrific Games, Horrific Travel

July 7th, 2014|Tags: |

A snippet of what it was like to be in the stadium during a World Cup game I had the good fortune to travel with two of my children to [...]

13 Mar, 2014

Greetings from the Blue Ridge Mountains

March 13th, 2014|Tags: , |

This photo is from one of my jaunts during my time at the VCCA. Since I'm bummed by all the snow we've had, yet again, here at home in Chicago, [...]

27 Feb, 2014

Visiting Monticello in Winter

February 27th, 2014|Tags: , , |

President Jefferson's Monticello estate in winter While I was at the VCCA, I visited Monticello, President Thomas Jefferson's estate. It is near Charlottesville, a good hour's drive from [...]

20 Dec, 2013

Looking Back: Trips 2013

December 20th, 2013|Tags: , , |

New York - January Beacon Theatre on Broadway - the announcement of the Groenemeyer Concert caught my eye and led to a wonderful concert experience later in Chicago. {related blog [...]

30 Sep, 2013

Bemelmans Bar

September 30th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Note to self: Next time I'm in New York, I must visit Bemelmans Bar. Sadly, up until a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal magazine, I wasn't aware of [...]

29 Aug, 2013

When in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings

August 29th, 2013|Tags: , , |

The Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden in Boston, created by Nancy Schön Oh, the power of fiction! Especially children's fiction! It had my kids and me retracing [...]

25 Jul, 2013

A Trip to Bishop Hill (2)

July 25th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

Spinning wheel at the Steeple Building, Bishop Hill, Illinois On our visit to Bishop Hill, my friend Barbara and I spent a considerable amount of time in the Steeple Building, [...]

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