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Wreaths Across America

This Christmas 2022 season, Sami and I participated in a holiday wreath-laying event that took place at national cemeteries across the the country. Every year on the third Saturday in December, Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and 3400 other locations in the U.S. and overseas. Their mission is to "Remember… Continue reading Wreaths Across America

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Happy Isles and a Happy Dog in the Season of the Sticks

Yosemite National Park is an inspiring place no matter the season, but there is something magical about the park in winter, with its sparkling snow-covered meadows against a backdrop of grey monoliths and towering evergreens. The girls and I had another opportunity to visit our perennial happy place with Owen this past weekend as we… Continue reading Happy Isles and a Happy Dog in the Season of the Sticks

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Lake of the Ozarks

If anyone mentioned to me at the start of 2022 that I would be making not one, but two trips out to the Ozarks region of Missouri, I'd have probably given them the side-eye and questioned why. Not that I don't love interstate travel, or that I don't think that the Ozarks offers some breathtaking… Continue reading Lake of the Ozarks

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The Hollywood Bowl

The LA Phil gets ready to perform There are few things that are so quintessentially LA than summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. This historic 17,500-seat amphitheater has been an icon since its founding in 1922. With its distinctive bandshells built at the base of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood sign in the… Continue reading The Hollywood Bowl

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Prague 3: National Monument on Vitkov Hill

The day of our return to Prague, Michael and I headed to the Národní památník, the National Monument on Vitkov Hill while Sami and Nate took naps following the long drive from Berlin. This museum is dedicated to the history of the statehood of Czechoslovakia: from its foundation in 1918 to its end in 1939… Continue reading Prague 3: National Monument on Vitkov Hill