Sometimes a Cactus

Family, food, travel, other obsessions.

Dubai in a Night

The summer of far-flung travel has begun. It started last week, actually, and appropriately, with a family reunion in Utah, the destination of many of the 19th century’s weariest, most … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Birthday photo

This picture of Ted on assignment in the Arctic Circle in 2006 is probably my favorite of all time. I love the context it shows — the concentration, the gear, … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

It is written. A day in the Stasi archives.

It’s been a long, full, emotionally draining day. I will definitely need more time before I can fully process the hundreds of pages of content I tried to absorb today … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 3 Comments

Renewing friendships and faith in Berlin

First off, I have to give a shout-out to Hal, who participated yesterday in a regional climbing competition and learned at the end of the day that he qualified for … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

To market, to market (and to the theater)

After spending the morning fighting a migraine (no respecter of time zones, alas), I headed to Alexanderplatz to check out the Christmas market there.  I was expecting quaint and cozy, … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Berlin, Berlin

It’s COLD here in Berlin, but mighty festive. I think I’m over jetlag, after 12 hours in bed last night, only some of which was spent sleeping, thanks to construction … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 7 Comments

Giving Thanks on the Palouse

I know. It’s been a really long time since I’ve written. I won’t bother filling in blanks right now. Instead, I’ll give thanks in a few words and lots of … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · 11 Comments