Ten Things Helena, Montana has that my Hometown Doesn’t

Helena is the Capital of the state, but only has 35,000 residents (There are only 1 million in the whole giant state!) As a result it has many of the features of a small western town in the U.S., but also features you would expect in a larger cosmopolitan area. I visit frequently from Minneapolis, … More Ten Things Helena, Montana has that my Hometown Doesn’t

Three non-traditional days around Amsterdam, on your way to somewhere else

Ed note:  This itinerary is taken from a 10 day, four city trip in the Netherlands led by myself, half Dutch, and a friend, 100% Dutch, in mid-October, 2015.  Just a warning about the timing:  By mid-October  you are in shoulder season, when the prices are lower. It can be rainy then, and we experienced … More Three non-traditional days around Amsterdam, on your way to somewhere else

Public Health Work Requires Cultural Immersion

The past few weeks I have been reading historian John M. Barry’s book about the worldwide influenza pandemic of 1918, where an estimated 50-100 million people died over a two year period.  This story of massive public health failure is told from the American context. That context was the entry of the U.S. into the … More Public Health Work Requires Cultural Immersion

Visiting Theo World

My first career was in early childhood education. It was an exciting time when preschool childcare centers meant that women could continue careers, enter graduate programs, and work without worrying about how their children were getting along during the day.  After moving to Minneapolis in 1974, I found myself working in a parent coop with … More Visiting Theo World

10 Tips for Planning and Enjoying Long Hiking Trips with Friends

Guest blogger and husband Phil Deering shares his tips on how to plan for multiday, long (and successful) hikes. If you read my last post April 5th, you know I will not be among the group of friends that takes these trips!!  More power to them. For each of the last five years, I’ve taken long, … More 10 Tips for Planning and Enjoying Long Hiking Trips with Friends

Producing Coffee the Artisanal Way in Colombia: Part 4

When my son began living in Medellin, Colombia, back in 2009, one of his first volunteer projects was to pay a visit to a coffee growing commune in San Jose de Alban.  In college he had done a summer internship with Peace Coffee, an organic, fair trade coffee company in Minneapolis. Now finished with school … More Producing Coffee the Artisanal Way in Colombia: Part 4

Maybe a bike-oriented Airbnb in Colombia?: Part 2

My Colombian daughter-in-law has been building a lovely traditional two storey house above Medellin in a town called San Pedro de los Milagros.  She has been project manager from Minnesota via cell phone while at home with a new baby and a preschooler. Now that she is here for a few months, she is managing a … More Maybe a bike-oriented Airbnb in Colombia?: Part 2