The Best? (Worst?) Funniest. Family Portrait. Ever.

Every family has ’em.

Piles of throw-away snapshots that you can’t bear to throw away. Before digital cameras, our generation put every picture — no matter how bad — into a photo album. After all, they were precious – and we shelled out big bucks to have them developed.

Then there are the CLASSICS. The ones you should have thrown away, but instead you frame them. This one is ours.

Think about it, we thought we were sitting for a lovely family portrait. Clearly, all heck is breaking loose and none of us could… CONTINUE READING >>

Every family has ’em.

Piles of throw-away snapshots that you can’t bear to throw away. Before digital cameras, our generation put every picture — no matter how bad — into a photo album. After all, they were precious – and we shelled out big bucks to have them developed.

Then there are the CLASSICS. The ones you should have thrown away, but instead you frame them. This one is ours.

Think about it, we thought we were sitting for a lovely family portrait. Clearly, all heck is breaking loose and none of us could… CONTINUE READING >>

It’s No Sacrifice, Visiting the Volcano Goddess of Hawaii

The best place to see incredible geologic activity in action is Volcanoes National Park, where Kīlauea has eruptions so often that the name means spewing in Hawaiian… CONTINUE READING >> 

The best place to see incredible geologic activity in action is Volcanoes National Park, where Kīlauea has eruptions so often that the name means spewing in Hawaiian… CONTINUE READING >> 

It Feels Like Our Lives have been Erased

Photo albums spanning four and five generations, adorable baby clothes, favorite toys, and revered books held in hopes of future grandchildren, the emergent works and grades of our offspring as they strived from class to class in their studies, souvenirs gathered from across the globe, and the relics and mementos of our previous careers  have all been wiped away forever. CONTINUE READING >> 

Photo albums spanning four and five generations, adorable baby clothes, favorite toys, and revered books held in hopes of future grandchildren, the emergent works and grades of our offspring as they strived from class to class in their studies, souvenirs gathered from across the globe, and the relics and mementos of our previous careers  have all been wiped away forever. CONTINUE READING >> 

Top Tips: What to do if Your Flight is Delayed

Long distance travel can be a hassle at the best of times, especially when things go wrong. Having a flight delay is frustrating and inconvenient, but it doesn’t have to be a complete fiasco, there are a number of steps you can take… CONTINUE READING >> 

Long distance travel can be a hassle at the best of times, especially when things go wrong. Having a flight delay is frustrating and inconvenient, but it doesn’t have to be a complete fiasco, there are a number of steps you can take… CONTINUE READING >> 

A Gypsy Daughter Moves to Paris (and leaps out of her comfort zone)

As a young woman, I never imagined I’d move to France. I had no girlhood obsession with Paris, no special feelings for French culture, no Eiffel Tower prints in my college dorm room. I didn’t even like cheese…. CONTINUE READING >> 

As a young woman, I never imagined I’d move to France. I had no girlhood obsession with Paris, no special feelings for French culture, no Eiffel Tower prints in my college dorm room. I didn’t even like cheese…. CONTINUE READING >>