Flowers along the way

A few stops along the way had gorgeous flowers, namely the Jackson homesite (Andrew, not Michael) in Nashville, and the Biltmore. I couldn’t resist snapping pics … of course.  Tiger Lillies always make me think of the house I grew up in.  The purple in this clematis is gorgeous. 

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The Great Trek Westward

Each year I’m lucky enough to act as a chaperone for one of the school-sponsored history trips. I’ve been on quite a few over the past four years … two revolutionary-era focused trips, one civil-war focused, and even a quick jaunt to to Charleston/Savannah/Atlanta. Each of the trips generally lasts…

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Forgetting my taste expectations

I’ve been gluten-free for over a week now, and it’s been an adjustment. I have to think so much more about what I eat, and that alone is a huge adjustment. It’s all definitely worth it because I’m already feeling better. I’m sleeping better at night and I haven’t had…

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The Ups and Downs of a Celiac Newbie

This weekend was truly a test. It was my first gluten-free weekend, immediately following the sad news on Thursday evening. It’s certainly a challenge when you have to really think about the kind of food you eat not just because you are calorie counting but because what you eat can…

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The Crescent City

I was lucky enough to spend this last week in New Orleans at the annual SITE conference. My paper was chosen for presentation, and I attended a lot of great session which I can’t wait to share with my colleagues back at school. But, of course, New Orleans is never…

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More chaperoning fun

This week I had the opportunity to chaperone yet another 8th grade trip. I’ve chaperoned this one before (way back in 2010), so the Jamestown/Yorktown/Mount Vernon/Monticello sites are familiar to me. But it’s still fun to hang out with the kids and see really cool historic places. Thankfully the weather…

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The sun also rises

Here is the sunset at Carolina Beach round-up.  I took so many pictures in the span of a half an hour, it’s hard to choose which ones to post.  Fisherman at dawn. The pier at dawn. Birds skimming the waves finding breakfast.  I love the layers of pastel colors.  Peeking…

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Back on the board

My good friend Sheila and I packed up and headed to the beach this weekend for some paddlebarding and beach camping. I haven’t been paddleboarding since the beginning of summer, and I was eager to get back on the board and see if it was anything like riding a bike.…

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Looking down on the northeast

Flying home today, the weather was gorgeous. Never in my life have I flown into the Ithaca airport and seen anything other than snow and darkness. Happily, the autumn skies cleared as we took off this morning and made for some very pretty views of the autumn hills.  The fog…

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