Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland (May 2013)

My favorite place in Ireland is a place I never intended to visit. We hadn’t highlighted it in our maps, travel guides, or list of “must-dos”; in fact, we had intended to spend that day driving along the famous Ring of Kerry. Granted, the entire trip was loosely drawn — this was our Women’s Walkabout,Continue reading “Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland (May 2013)”

Have Hearing Loss, Will Travel

Deaf people can do anything hearing people can do, except hear. Dr. I. King Jordan I grew up not being bothered too much with the world around me; the more exciting stuff was going on in my head. I trusted that, if it was ever really important, my sister and parents would steer me inContinue reading “Have Hearing Loss, Will Travel”

Birth-Month Celebrations: An Origin Story

Of all my childhood memories, what has touched my adulthood the most is my absolute love for birthdays. One of the most wonderful and enchanting traditions was the presenting of the gifts. Dad would go upstairs to their bedroom, and we would sit on the couch in the living room, waiting with anticipation. Mom wouldContinue reading “Birth-Month Celebrations: An Origin Story”

Kimonos and Paper Parasols

As much as my visits to see my grandparents in New Jersey planted the seed, it was my grandmother on my father’s side who nurtured the soil and inspired me to see the other side of the world. Grandma and Grandpa H were one of those Edward Albee couples, constantly bickering and jabbing at oneContinue reading “Kimonos and Paper Parasols”

Let us go then, you and I

That old adage about it not being about the destination but the journey, that’s me. Wandering is where my joy lives. Unplanned, spontaneous, ambling, twisting, serendipitous journeys are my definition of a day well spent … or a week … or an extra few days because I’ve missed my flight due to being distracted byContinue reading “Let us go then, you and I”