A Pilgrimage to Assisi with All Souls Church, Unitarian

Written with Judy Leaver. In September, I walked through the Umbria region of Italy with 27 other people from All Souls Church, Unitarian, in Washington, DC.  Each evening before dinner, our senior minister Rev. Rob Hardies took us through a reflection on the day. We...

Walking on Brittany’s Cote de Granit Rose

“This landscape looks like it was painted by Georgia O’Keefe,” Robin observed as we encountered the huge stones of Brittany’s Cote de Granit Rose, the Pink Granite Coast. All sharp edges of the rocks had long ago been worn smooth by wind and water. They looked as...

On Hitching a Ride

“Pardon, monseiur, je suis perdu.” “Mi scusi, signore, sono perso.” “Por favor, senor, soy perdida.” I’m not sure how grammatical any of those phrases are in French, Italian or Spanish, but they all mean one thing: I have wandered off the trail and have no idea where...

A Bad Case of Gear Envy

Judy walks in to Busboys and Poets today with a new backpack; it’s a brilliantly colored pink and purple North Face daypack with yellow zippers and pull tabs. My current daypack is an insipid hospital-corridor green color. Immediately I start planning – can I get to...

Scenes from a Walk in the Cotswolds

Barbara and I are spending a week walking from village to village in the Cotswolds. We’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to write, but we have been snapping photos. So here’s what we’ve been looking at.