Uh oh and Bravo!

Uh oh and Bravo!

The message, stern and somewhat threatening, appeared yesterday on every single door of my daughter Katherine's apartment building. "The laundry room is not for personal storage space," it read. "If those are your bikes downstairs, you have 24 hours to remove them, otherwise the office will remove and dispose of them." And that's how Paired [...]

Climb every mountain — twice for your sister’s lost painting

Climb every mountain — twice for your sister’s lost painting

Though I still can't pronounce it, I believe Oia (EE-ya?) may be the most beautiful city in the world. Also, I love my sister, And, I have an extremely well-developed sense of Catholic guilt. Combined, these three things led me to race a bunch of donkeys up a mountain on a hot afternoon, and to [...]

Never again Masada

Never again Masada

One week before Israel celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, its national independence day, we toured a 2,000-year old symbol of the awful sacrifice made to achieve it. Masada rises like a golden monument above the Judean Desert, its proud columns and bright frescoes narrate an elegance more than 2,000-years old. The sturdy stone walls that surround the [...]

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

I was joking when I started belting out "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" as we made our way through Bluebird Trail Sunday afternoon at Copper Culture State Park. Then, darned if the little buggers didn't start swooping overhead. "Hey look," I said. "Mr. Bluebird's on your shoulder!" We looked up and saw those pretty little birds flying everywhere. My [...]