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Time by the Side of the Road

Time by the Side of the Road

Sometimes our travels take unexpected turns. My road trips and explorations came to an abrupt halt right before Labor Day when I broke my foot in two places, badly tearing ankle ligaments in the process. (My driving foot, of course.) I spent many weeks in a cast and on...

Relocation Recon: Ithaca, New York

Relocation Recon: Ithaca, New York

I’ve been meaning to visit Ithaca ever since I moved to northcentral Pennsylvania and realized it was less than three hours away. I liked what I’d read about it — that it’s naturally beautiful with walking trails and waterfalls, that it’s a lively college town with good restaurants and...

Relocation Recon: Cambridge, Maryland

Relocation Recon: Cambridge, Maryland

In my quest for the place where I’d like to live next, I learned about Cambridge, Maryland, a mid-sized town on the Eastern Shore that fronts the Choptank River. The town was settled in the late 1600s and has a rich history. In recent years, it’s enjoyed an artistic...

Relocation Recon: Chestertown, Maryland

Relocation Recon: Chestertown, Maryland

I’ve been planning to move for a while now, and although I’m not sure when — I’ve learned that the best laid plans are easily thwarted — I’ve started to explore some towns where I think I might want to live. I did a lot of research online to...

The Real Heart of Home

The Real Heart of Home

I’ve been talking on this blog about what makes a particular place “home” for each of us, usually some mix of location, landscape, character, culture and personal connections. One thing I haven’t mentioned, though, is who else shares our actual homes, and the role they play in defining where...

Spring Flirtations

Spring Flirtations

It’s been a while since my last post, because I like to hibernate during winter. And now, here in northcentral Pennsylvania, spring is in its show-off stage, flouncing around in blossoms and sunshine. The transformation always astonishes me. It’s always a struggle, emerging from four months of deep snow...

Winter Skies

Winter Skies

After college, when I moved from central Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., I remember noticing how much warmer it was even just two hours to the south. Spring came earlier, fall was delayed, and the late summer air seemed like liquid wax. But winter was especially benign compared to where...

Mapmaking

Mapmaking

I love maps. I read recently that old road maps, the kind you used to snag in gas stations to help you get to that remote cabin by the lake, are prized yard-sale finds, potentially valuable for their growing scarcity. And I have an old leather bomber jacket with...