Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil has been named a Foreword Indies Finalist in the Humor category. This is incredibly exciting, because Foreword is a tough one. Brazil was exciting, too, because there are lots of things there that can kill you.
Apr 12, 2018 | Writing
When you think of travel writing, your mind might go to books by Bill Bryson. (Also, I love Bill Bryson). There are many other manifestations of travel writing that lend themselves to beginners. Here are a few.
Apr 11, 2018 | Parenting
My daughters have no trepidation about referencing my death. I might play a role in this behavior. Captain Fantastic is one of our favorite movies.
When I was twenty years old, I had the opportunity to fish in Alaska. Up to that point in my life, the idea of fishing conjured up images of standing lakeside with a fishing pole and a cup of worms at my feet, or middle-aged men in a lazy boat on calm water, drinking beer and chatting under hats speckled with fishing lures.
The photo above shows the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington. It’s been common practice for the past few decades to place traffic cones on his head. Glaswegians (or “Weegies”) find this amusing, though the practice is apparently irksome to police and city officials.
In 2012, I self-published a little humor book called This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store. I had no idea if anyone would read it. And if they did, would they even like it?
Apr 5, 2018 | Writing
A smiling reader turns the page. Somebody said that once. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first. But it’s true. If you’re making your reader smile, they’re likely to stick with you.
Apr 4, 2018 | Parenting
Bullying isn’t just for kids. We like to think that it takes place on school playgrounds (which it does) and that it’s an unfortunate part of adolescence (which it is). But there’s more to it.
My summers in West Virginia showed me, for the first time, stark cultural differences from my life just an hour north in Maryland. This was great preparation for later venturing further from home.
We have two home exchanges scheduled this summer in County Donegal. In researching our upcoming trip, I learned the following: Donegal was rated #1 on National Geographic’s Cool List for 2017.