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September 12, 2018

Sweet

On day 166 I made syrup from the maple trees in my yard. It took about 30 gallons of fresh tree sap to boil down a gallon of sticky goodness. 

It is my liquid gold. 

I bottled that deliciousness and now that we are empty nesters I’m maintaining this hoard....

September 12, 2018

What’s the word?


Just over a year ago I was having a discussion with my mother about religion. She was brilliant at keeping her journey of faith separate from religion so much so that all I could ever feel was love.

I have felt rejected by the church since realizing tha...

September 10, 2018

Today had an interesting flavor

I’ve been walking around the city of Edinburgh, Scotland for the last week and falling in love with the place my first born will live. This kid is being brave in ways that I envy. 

I can’t even touch how much courage it takes to leave all...

September 9, 2018

Topping another fear

The last 354 days have involved many experiences which required overcoming fear.

On my 355th day I conquered the tower of the Linlithgow Palace.

This was no small feat. The structure is ruined and walking through the place is an example of what...

September 8, 2018

Just this once


It’s day 354 and I moved my grad student in to a new life in Scotland.

In 1986 my mother was there when I moved in to my first college home away from home.  For the next year she would drive for hours to bring me back to the country on the weekend. Thos...

September 7, 2018

Step by step

How do you break up the monotony of a staircase with 246 steps?


With a lodge, two halls, a royal chamber and a crown spire.

On day 353 I climbed to the top of the Wallace Monument in Stirling, Scotland.

The staircase inside this tower was a narrow spira...

September 6, 2018

You’re a wizard

I’m a fan of many things and today’s adventure was an absolute fan experience. On day 352 I did a Harry Potter walking tour of Edinburgh, Scotland. 

What did I learn?

A LOT!

More than I'm going to blog about but if you are going to be in Edinburgh, do...

September 5, 2018

Irish

We landed in Ireland at 5:00 this morning and it was my first exploration of the airport. 

If I said it was exciting I wouldn’t be stretching the truth because I had a Guinness for breakfast and it was delicious. 

The rest of my Dublin experience went quickly a...

September 4, 2018

I am 15 days away from 365 consecutive firsts. I have had some experiences and adventures but many things I have ingested have been the ultimate confirmation of intuition.

Day 350 was all about the ZAGNUT.

Have you noticed this candy at the checkout? I have and for 49 ye...

September 3, 2018

Quenching a thirst

It's day 349 and I used a lifestraw.

It's been raining intermittently for the last few days and all those drops of water have collected in pools of dark muddy puddles.

I've had the lifestraw for a while. I wanted to use it in Colorado on a fishing adven...

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