lenten altar

Spiritual Exercises – Week 1


This week has been an eternity and yet it has flown by. Getting up at 4 a.m. to do my holy hour has been both horrible and wonderful. Horrible – need I say why? Wonderful – I feel awe at the insights I receive in practicing the exercises. As I discover a new order for the disorder that is my…

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Boost 02 review


I have always had respiratory problems. Spending the majority of my adult life in the dryer air of the desert and the mountains has helped significantly. Being back in the city with the heat and the smog and the congestion has taken its toll. I haven’t had an asthma attack yet, but the breathing is a little bit labored. When we…

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mammoth tar pit, la brea

La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, California


Wooly mammoths. Sabertooth tigers. Great toed sloths. Downtown Los Angeles, California. Yup. They were there. For reals. That black stuff they pave roads with? Tar. Bunches of it right in the middle of the City of Angels. And they’re still digging out fossils. We stepped off our 3rd bus in less than 2 hours and stepped back in time. A…

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slow travel with children

Slow Travel with Children


Many people are hesitant to travel with children at all, much less undertake slow travel with children. I confess that with my grown children I attempted to undertake a slow travel lifestyle, but chickened out after 6 months. It wasn’t the cost, which was far less than what it was costing us to live in California. Nor was it the…

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