Preparing for the Camino de Santiago

  Months ago, my dad quizzed me on the expectations I might have for the trek I plan to do. In just over a month, I leave for Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago. This is a spiderweb of ancient pilgrim routes through Spain that converge at the city of Santiago de Compostela in […]

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The Women’s March: global and historic. But only Day 1

“All the pussies are on the bus. Let’s go,” said Margaret, our supremely patient and cheerful bus captain. And so all the pussies went to Washington. Ten buses from Ann Arbor, Michigan, alone. Fifty-five women of all ages on board each of them. Rumor has it that every coach in Michigan was rented for the […]

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My next trip: the Women’s March on Washington

  Like a whole bunch of you, I headed out on November 8 to my tiny township hall to vote. The hall is tiny because my village in the northern Michigan forest is equally tiny. Wendy at the post office knows everyone by name. Ivan at the hardware store witched my well and drilled it […]

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Wisdom from the Maya

  By 9am I was waiting for the bus back to Mérida. “En cinco minutos.” Time enough to run to the corner store for a Nescafé. Among the small group of locals waiting for the bus was a man with two bulging plastic bags. He was of indeterminate age and unremarkable appearance. He struck up […]

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A day at Chichen-Itza

  Chichen-Itza, the renowned Maya ruin and UNESCO World Heritage site was only a couple easy hours by bus from my hotel in Merida.  I walked a few blocks from the bus stop to the pleasant, affordable, family-run Posada Oldalde in Pisté, which is the gateway town to the ruins. I decided stay for two […]

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