Into Africa

Baroness Karen von Blixen, who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen, famously shared her life as a Danish expat living and working on a coffee plantation in Kenya in her lovely memoir, Out of Africa. In that account, she writes that she has a song of Africa that floods her with memories and longing…

Lodestar

I have a confession to make. I have always been a Sci-Fi/Fantasy geek. I have been a lifelong Trekkie and an Elven archer on an adventure with a Hobbit. I’ve been lost in a galaxy far, far away and I have taken the train to Hogwarts too many times to count. When I was a…

One Last Bay Leaf

I’ve been thinking a lot about journeys lately. The metaphorical and allegorical ones, certainly, but the actual ones have been occupying my mind these days. The journey of our lives is marked with so many milestones, like pebbles dropped to mark the path we have walked. It is also measured by those who come and…

The Power of Yes

I have a confession to make. I was queen of the word No when I was younger. Now one might think this is not such a bad thing because, as Cat Stevens reminds us, oh, baby, it’s a wild world. But as a young person growing up it actually thwarted much of my efforts to…