Nancy Organizes Trip to Women’s March in DC

“Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now, with every breath I take let this be my solemn vow…”

-By Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller in 1955

This song (initially written for and sung by the International Children’s Choir of the Granger Dance Academy in Long Beach, California) has a catchy tune and stays in my mind whenever I hear or read “Peace on Earth” anywhere. I recall singing it first as a Girl Scout and at various church services over the years, especially around the holidays.

This New Year brings lots of promises of Peace on Earth and wishes for happiness, health and prosperity. I am hopeful that peace is possible. Where do you find peace?  Does it come from within or is it external? Do you want to be active and organized with others, using your voice and public spaces to be heard and to help create peace through action? Do you prefer a quiet place, somewhere serene to find and feel peace? Maybe you’re on an Adirondack chair on the dock overlooking the view from the lake at Camp, or you are at peace surrounded by the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea?

Peace is a sign, a feeling and a cause. It is like the wind, you can feel it and hear it but you can’t see it. I’m a fan of peace and am looking within and reaching out in my role as a travel advisor and group coordinator to help “Peace Out” in 2017. Continue reading…

How To Embrace Warmth…

Last December, Portland experienced a long and record-shattering mild spell, which peaked during Christmas week.

According to weather.com we were not alone, “Almost 12,000 daily warm records were tied or broken during the month. Hundreds of cities from the Plains to the East Coast shattered their warmest December on record.”

It is unlikely we can count on another record breaking mild Christmas week like last year. And so I ponder, what will you do to stay warm during the holiday season and beyond? Will you travel south to the sunshine state or a tropical beach somewhere? Will you don your layers and head out on the trail, be it skiing, riding or hiking. Or do you hunker down under your fleece blanket with a good book? Although it seems counter intuitive, traveling north to stay warm is what I recommend. Continue reading…

Why Travel Advisor

A good travel adviser will un-clutter the vast universe of choices. People love the process of planning a trip, pouring through books, searching online sites, watching the travel channel, talking with friends and family. The research and dreaming is part of the fun right? Having an expert available to consult and work with on the decision-making and planning details is key.

West End News - Travel Adviser - Galapagos hike

Adventure Marketplace trip to Isabela Island, Galapagos, May 2014.

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Mexico Mango and Traveling Fruits

This week I ate the most delicious Mango… It was perfectly ripe, perhaps a tad over ripe, colorful, juicy, sweet and tangy. Absolute perfection as far as I’m concerned. I love fruit and mangos are high on my list along with peaches, plums, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, pineapples…This is my favorite time of year for fruit and that sweet Mexico mango made my day.West End News _ Mexico mango

I realize there is an emphasis on locally grown and locally sourced food in many restaurants and markets. This movement is intensifying here in Portland.

“We should all be eating more local food,” I hear from friends and farmers at the farmer’s market.

It just makes sense. So, this year I’m doing a bit of local growing. A few friends of mine and I started a garden in the West End. So far we’ve enjoyed a delicious bounty of peas, turnips, beats, radishes, lettuce and now the peppers and tomatoes are coming in. Soon we’ll have lots of squash and pumpkin. It feels good to grow your own and tastes great too! Continue reading…

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