The Crucible of Cancer


A while back, I made the decision to not write about the post-cancer changes that were happening to my life. This is perhaps the most personal part of the journey: the re-assembly of me. But after countless encounters with friends and acquaintances over the holidays, I guess it was time to drop another little post into the sea called the […]

Mikey, our first foster dog, finds his new home


  This week, we placed our first foster dog in his new home. Mikey, a PAWS New England foster dog, came to us in early November after yet another failed adoption through no fault of his own. Mikey had been in the system for at least a year and a half, and we promised that we wouldn’t give up on […]

Top 100 Find Your Park finalist in the Centennial Project Contest

Linda Seid Frembes - Grand Canyon - BrightAngel

“I was less than a month post-breast cancer surgery when we hiked the Grand Canyon in September 2014. It was our second time there; the first time (2011) we were so fat and out-of-shape that we vowed to return thinner and stronger so that we could really hike and see the Canyon on foot. We did return thinner and stronger […]

East Coast road trip: Florida to Massachusetts in 5 days


What happens when you find a $10/day rental car rate from Hertz with just one catch: You must drive one-way out of Florida? Hint: Road trip! Normally, a rental car company will charge what they call a “drop fee” for one-way rentals that can add hundreds of dollars onto your total. But sometimes a rental car company will find that […]

This Time Last Year


You may have noticed that Facebook does this thing where it serves up posts from past years. “Memories” is what they call these past reminders, and they are meant to show you a snapshot of what you posted on this day – perhaps of what you were thinking or eating, where you were going, or what you were seeing. Normally, […]

Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival glow

Balloon glow at the Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival in Connecticut.

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the 31st annual Plainville Fire Company Hot Air Balloon Festival in Connecticut for the first time. I’ve long wanted to see a balloon glow so we chose to go on the first night of the festival, which featured a balloon glow at dusk. As I suspected, there was no shortage of […]

Cooking like it’s 1940

Vintage cookbook

I don’t normally find anything at antique stores, but today was an exception. I’m pretty stoked about this cookbook from 1940 that I picked up at the Rhode Island Antiques Mall (as well as a Grand Canyon postcard from 1950!) It’s only in recent years that I have begun to collect vintage cookbooks. I love them for so many reasons – […]

How to visit Brimfield Antique Show weekend

Mannequin legs at Brimfield Antique Show

I just visited the Brimfield Antique Show weekend for the first time ever, and it was so obvious that I arrived unprepared the moment I stepped out of the car. Here’s some info for the uninitiated: Brimfield is a small town in Massachusetts for 350 days of the year except for 15 glorious days when the town is home to […]

Canyonlands: The “other” national park near Moab


Arches National Park gets most of the love and attention from visitors who are in or near Moab. After all, it’s tough to compete with a national park who has their most famous arch on the Utah license plate! During my recent trip to Utah, I am guilty of devoting 95% of my time to Arches and leaving very little […]

Finally, a trip to Arches National Park


Last month, I finally had the chance to check Arches National Park in Moab, Utah off of my travel bucket list. It was an important trek out west since Arches has been at the very top of my list for quite a few years (even before the concept of a bucket list was popular). I had never been to Utah […]

Road Trip to MASS MoCA art museum


One of the things I love about living in New England is that there is never a lack of activity on the weekends. If you want a road trip, Massachusetts is the perfect place for one. A one- to two-hour drive can net you anything from a day in Boston to an afternoon in Maine, a sail in Newport Harbor in Rhode […]

Hidden gem: Crowe’s Pasture Beach in South Dennis, MA

Crowe's Pasture Beach in South Dennis, MA

This past weekend, we were feeling a little spring fever-ish and headed toward Cape Cod in search of beaches. It was sunny, but the day was pretty cold at the shore with a steady, stiff breeze. The Cape is a usually a zoo in the summer, but it’s a great destination in the off-season as well. Instead of a 6-mile […]