The Long Way Home


The Grotto
June 29, 2011, 5:58 PM
Filed under: Maryland | Tags: , , , ,

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My mother lives in those hills now, off the highway, up a steep mountainside. I imagine she is happy, being in more than one place at a time.

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Daybreak
June 21, 2011, 7:18 PM
Filed under: Florida | Tags: , ,

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When Jeff and I first married, I had  the solitude talk with him: I must have  “Lisa time” now and then, don’t take it personally. And the best Lisa time are the mornings. There is an entire day in front of me filled with possibilities. There are errands to do, or better yet – not do. Which is why waking up early on vacation is even better. On our first day in Florida, I woke around seven. I don’t drink coffee or eat breakfast, I just start doing things because I may have dreamed about them – writing emails to friends, reading cookbooks, jotting down lines to stories. But that morning I took pictures around my in-laws house, chasing light from room to room. The gated community where they live is like a set from a film; even though I’ve visited many times now, I can’t recall ever seeing people outside. Which is why I felt pretty safe walking the streets in my pajamas, snapping photos of palm trees and dodging sprinklers before the family woke up and wondered where I had gone.

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Bookends
September 9, 2010, 6:33 PM
Filed under: Massachusetts | Tags: , , , , ,

One of the wonders of traveling for me  is waking up in one place and mere hours later, being in another. It’s simple and obvious to say, but think about how amazing it is being at home in the morning, then fly over an ocean, for instance, and by evening be in another country, on another continent. We spent Labor Day weekend in Massachusetts visiting friends, but we drove the long 10 hours. I sacrificed my treasured back roads, sucked it up and gripped the Jesus handles so we could make the most out of our extended weekend. 

east boston, 7 a.m.

a visual depiction of how I feel about highway travel

almost home, somewhere in indiana county




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