Up Your Hosting Game

We all know, either intuitively or from careful observation, that a great hostess turns a party into a memory. But how – exactly – does she do it? For answers, I sat down with my dear friend and Hostess Extraordinaire, Lauren Bender. Lauren and her husband are extremely generous and gracious hosts. They frequently open

Turning, Turning: Days Three and Four of a Family RV Trip

In the context of this song, which I refuse to believe it’s merely instructional and lacking poetry (see last week’s post), simplicity is defined relative to shame. According to the author, we’ll know we’ve gained true simplicity when we can bow and bend without shame, so we can infer, conversely, that to not bow and

Life in the Valley of Love and Delight: Days One and Two of a Family RV Trip

Apparently, this old puritan hymn is a dance tune meant to help young, chaste dancers follow the right steps and keep time with the choreography. How disappointing if that’s true. Even if it is, I choose to hear it instead as a gentle charge to continue following my conscience, finding my True North, remaining on

Why You Need Instagram

Instagram is a voyeur’s dream.  If you’re not on it, you need to be, even if you choose to keep your account private and never post a single photo.  And if you’re already on Instagram or choose to get on Instagram after this post, you need to follow me!  I post a lot of photos on

Where Are Your Roots (…and Things To Do in Portland, Oregon)

I grew up in a family with shallow roots. That’s not meant to be an insult – I’m merely stating a fact. Like many other adults I know, my parents chose not to raise my brother and me in the same community as either of their respective families. Instead, we spent our childhoods several states