Actions teach louder than words

Actions teach louder than words

We are not so savvy with the subway.  In fact, I have been on the nearest subway to me (in Philadelphia) exactly one time.  I took my first New York City subway this week along with my husband and three kids.  The kids loved it.  I have to say I…

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A moment with an Aztec Fire Dancer

A moment with an Aztec Fire Dancer

I recently found myself on a stage looking into the face of an Aztec fire dancer from Mexico City. His eyes were bright, cheerful and slightly mischievous. As he explained the rules of the dance off (for which my husband had volunteered me) to myself and the other contestants, this…

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The butterflies led us (slightly) south

The butterflies led us (slightly) south

Every year, one generation of Monarch butterflies makes an incredible journey from points  north, such as Canada and North America, all the way to their wintering grounds in Mexico.  We have been fascinated by their journey since we started observing them in the un-mowed portion of our yard. This year,…

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Using teachable moments to exercise a variety of skills

Using teachable moments to exercise a variety of skills

We stopped for lunch at a convenience store on our way out of Delaware.  There was a map on the wall where we helped the kids locate the two beaches we visited on the trip, the town of Milton, where we went for the Horseshoe Crab Festival and a cousin’s…

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Super science adventure and yes you CAN take your kids to a beer tasting!

Super science adventure and yes you CAN take your kids to a beer tasting!

I am big on moments.  When you have three kids, you don’t get whole days that are blissfully fantastic.  Travel can be a combination of intensely moving and sanity sucking (what the hell were we thinking?, do they not realize this is awesome?, this is fun dammit!, let’s get them…

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Stronger Than Me

Stronger Than Me

I hate being sick.  I am terrible at it.  It makes me miserable and angry (ask my husband).  I don’t take it lying down.  I curse at it.  I resent the time lost and dwell on the tasks undone.  I despise my body for betraying me.  For letting me down. …

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Bringing Back the Mix Tape

Bringing Back the Mix Tape

I am a long time lover of mix tapes.  I made my first ones as a young teen sitting anxiously by my radio all day, fingers hovered over the record button waiting for the first notes of a favorite song to play.  Every song on the tape started with a…

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Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine

On every trip there is a moment.  It is the moment you feel the world opening up to you in a way it hasn’t before.  The moment you feel the value of travel intensely.  The moment that makes challenges you faced getting there seem insignificant.  The moment you see something…

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PA to Maine-Acadia National Park

PA to Maine-Acadia National Park

The true destination of our August 2012 trip to Maine was Acadia National Park.  You can read about our first day of driving and where we stayed in previous posts, but I think Acadia held many of the most memorable experiences.  We could see the park across the water from…

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PA to Maine-Dixmont and Lamoine plus a simple tide experiment for the kids!

PA to Maine-Dixmont and Lamoine plus a simple tide experiment for the kids!

We left our hotel in Massachusetts after a filling breakfast and arrived at our first stop in Maine about four hours later.  We were headed to Lamoine, but stopped in Dixmont to see one of my husband’s old college professors and his wife.  Years ago this professor encouraged his students…

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