Category TRAVELING BITS

Ghost Towns: The Dreams of the Mother Lode Bit

(1848 – Gold is discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California.) Once or twice a year, I used to road trip with friends from Los Angeles to Las Vegas – and two things would invariably happen. First, I wouldn’t get rich playing the slots and would have to road trip straight back to work.  And second, […]

Ireland: The Unexpected Touchstone Bit (Part 2)

Happy, um, Half St. Patrick’s Day! That’s right!  In about six months, the Chicago River will flow bright green again, a parade will bubble through the streets of Boston, and my favorite local pub will temporarily charge a cover.  Erin go Bragh! Alright, so I’m not that keen on the cover charge thing – but I […]

Ireland: The Unexpected Touchstone Bit (Part 1)

It’s known as the Emerald Isle! A land of lush green countryside, brimming with character and magic that can cast such a potent spell, it beckons us to return there as home even when we’ve never once been –  And, if we may, we follow. I’ve had the good fortune to visit Ireland on half […]

Malta: The Filling Up the Book Bit

Often when I arrive someplace in my travels, I find I’ve packed a pretty fair number of expectations and preconceived notions along with my socks and sundries.  Once in a while though, a destination slips beneath both my general knowledge and my trip planning radars, and I set out with no real idea of what’s […]

The Waking Up Among the Pines Bit

Summertime is here!  That glorious season when we get to indulge in our favorite vacation pastimes!  In recent years, I’ve gotten to revive what was once a cherished summer tradition: I’m gonna go camping! According to Mum, I’ve been roughing it pretty much all my life – although the same was far from true for […]

The Bit Where I Turn Five!

Well, no – I’m not actually turning five.  (That happened, uh, rather a long time ago…)  But it was five years ago that I embarked on a journey like none I’d taken before – I started Tesserology! Now, given that I can’t even keep a house plant alive for five years, this is a major […]

Alaska: The Outside View Bit

Unbelievable how time flies!  It’s been nearly eight years since I was in a bar in Juneau, Alaska, ordering a particular drink for downing swiftly – and five years before then that I took a tentative sip of that potent concoction for the very first time!  More specifically, I was in a “saloon” in Juneau. […]