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Monthly Archive for June, 2012

A Sliver of Sitka

We see now why every cruise ship doesn’t stop at Sitka, Alaska.  There’s nothing convenient about it. Which doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting.  It just takes more effort. Like piling people into the tenders–life boats–like sardines.  And then escorting them to the dock. If necessary, the tenders hold 150 distressed people. But this ride […]

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Beware the Quiet Ones

I’m telling ya… Sometimes you gotta check in on the quiet ones.  The ones who read books still their legs turn to prickles.  Or who fiddle with 500 piece jigsaw puzzles…for fun. Because you never know when they’re gonna shimmy noiselessly up the door jamb in a skirt.  And then holler like the house is […]

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A Glimmer of Juneau

I loved our time in Juneau. All of it. And I think it was Juneau’s accessibility. I mean other than Juneau being the only land-locked capitol in our country, which on that end, isn’t all that accessible, the city itself felt like it had so much within it, and it was all right there.  Accessible. For […]

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Tracy Arm, Alaska

I suppose there could be more things out of place than a cruise ship inching its way to a glacier. Like the sight of this pool in a place that has no zip code. But the reason we’re here at all is that we’re moving through a 26 mile fjord called Tracy Arm on our […]

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Everybody Has A Story

I feel like we’ve been gone a week to summer camp.  Only add fine dining and an extravagant boat.  And skip the sleeping bag. And it feels that way because of the people we met.  People whose names we scribbled on a corner of a menu.  Or on something crumpled from our backpack.  People from […]

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Seven Pounds in Seven Days

It happened right here.  Pier 91. Last Sunday. We kissed our waistlines ‘goodbye’.  And boarded the Oosterdam. This tiny thing. With 2094 other guests.  And 808 crew members. And sailed away from this place. With smiles that wrapped around our faces. We didn’t know what lay ahead–things like decadent desserts and classy napkins.  But if […]

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Because it Takes a Village

I know it’ll be good for us.  Healthy even.  Which is why we’re going…without our kids. We need this. Only it’s these faces we won’t see for seven days. These faces we’ll miss a ton by day two. But thank you, grandma.  Thank you, grandpa.  Thank you, Nannie & Papa. Thank you for pouring love […]

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Paper Stars

I’ll warn you now–this isn’t the best star making tutorial.  But it was a craft.  A doable one.  And despite the necessity to ban my son from the scissors…for life, the things turned out all right. So…need a craft?  This might be one to try. Oh…and if you want to follow along on your own, […]

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Hold Me

Sometimes our kids tattle on each other over THE dumbest stuff: He’s using my squirt bottle to water the plants, and I told him yesterday not to touch it.  She ran to the red swing first, and I wanted to use it; it’s my favorite.  She knows it’s my favorite.  He’s breathing on me.  He […]

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Spinach With a Straw

No fault of the spinach, but it’s been a few years since I could buy the stuff again. Like five. And not that anyone wants to chit chat about food poisoning, or bring up images of someone gagging over the toilet, so I won’t go there.  Much. But that’s what happened.  And I’m certain it […]

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