BBQ Worth Traveling 500 Miles for, the Cult of the Little Yappy Dog, and Managing Your Own Expectations

Missions National Park, San Antonio Texas

Missions National Park, San Antonio Texas


“The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.”
- Eli Khamarov

Today I write this from the Florida Keys, about 8 months into our journey. It’s been a wild and wonderful ride.

January started off near Austin, Texas. We had a visit from my in-laws who drove down from West Michigan for a week of family time.  Texas was nice but it was mostly cold and rainy while we were there. I worked by business from Starbucks most of the time while the kids did their home schooling and got some good grandparent time. Read More→

Your Excuses Are Invalid: Meet an International Traveling Single Mom Redefining Experiential Learning


“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” – Amelia Earhart

Its easy to find stories of single adults embarking on aggressive travel agendas. I mean why not? They can store their stuff in mom’s basement, live on the international equivalent of ramen noodles and carry their unmentionalbles in a backpack. But what if you’re a single mom from North Carolina with a craving for something more than maintaining social obligations? Read More→

California Dreaming in the ‘Bu’ and the Case of Disappearing Thanksgiving Wine

Maibu beaches do not disappoint

Maibu beaches do not disappoint

“Things are tough all over, cupcake, an’ it rains on the just an’ the unjust alike…except in California.”
― Alan Moore, Watchmen

I get why people fall in love with California now that I have stood on its shores and heard the rumbling bass of the ocean. Read More→