Is it safe for women to travel alone?

Yesterday afternoon, I was editing a couple chapters of my book on my transamerica bike ride, much of which I completed alone.  I began to think back on how often strangers expressed concern for my safety during the times I was by myself.  Here I was, a young woman on a fully loaded touring bicycle, […]

RV-ing with dogs

Before I decided to purchase an RV, I scoured the internet for information on RV travel with dogs.  At the time, I had my 12-year-old cocker spaniel, Chloe, who was a bit neurotic with a pinch of separation anxiety.  Okay, that’s a lie.  She was the most neurotic little dog I had ever met.  Despite […]


I had such a great time with Nina here the last couple of days – I was definitely sad to see her leave.  To share these experiences with people I love makes it that much more special.  Nina and I met several years ago when we were both dating guys who happened to be friends. […]

Keep it movin’

Today was a quick and easy drive to the Tucson area.  I was in Sedona for almost two weeks, but it wasn’t long enough. There is SO much to see and so many amazing trails to hike.  I had planned to do a lot of road biking but ended up mostly running and hiking.  To […]

Road dogs

This morning when I took Lola out, the guy parked behind me apologized for the ruckus he’d caused so early in the day.  He was a younger guy, maybe mid-thirties, in a motorhome.  He introduced himself to me yesterday.  His name is Christian and he’s been on the road for five years in his 1979 […]

Forgiveness and a story worth telling

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. – Mark Twain This is such a beautiful quote.  To forgive is not just to free someone else from the wrong they have committed against you, but it is also to free yourself from being their captor.  And for those […]

Sedona vibes – a travel update + pics

I left Moab last Friday, after a wonderful 3-week stay.  Moab is a magical place and I’m so glad I got to share part of it with my sister.  After she left, I moved to a location called “Seven Mile Parking Lot,” which is situated just off of Highway 191 (that takes you into Moab) […]


I was chatting with a friend last night who is dealing with a significant loss.  Trying to comfort her, I assured her that time would heal and that she would emerge from this experience a stronger person.  Her reply, which was along the lines of “I don’t know how much stronger I can be,” got […]

Letting go of “stuff”

I love letting go of stuff.  It’s one of my favorite things to do… give stuff away, sell stuff I no longer have use for, take a bag of stuff to Goodwill.  I find it freeing!  I have gotten rid of all my stuff now, repeatedly.  Typically, by the mid-thirties, most people are working on […]

Women who believe in themselves are f*%@ing unstoppable

I woke this morning to a string of messages from a friend of mine who recently got approval to start her dissertation research.  Without giving away too much, she’s looking at gender discrepancies in a profession dominated by men, exploring why it is that women don’t enter this particular field.  The last message she sent […]