Photo Essay: Animals Abroad


This cat on Mykonos, like so many animals I see when I travel abroad, fascinated me. I was given to think about Isabel Allende’s writings about the ubiquitous Central American dog — that medium sized, short haired, multi-colored dog you … Continue reading

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Photo Essay Backroads Arizona: Yarnell, Peeple’s Valley, Skull Valley


I’ve driven the Yarnell Hill and passed through this area many times thanks to my dad who knew of its scenic beauty. Today we think of the nineteen lives of Prescott’s beloved Hotshots who gave their lives trying to control … Continue reading

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Flight Testing Winslow’s LaPosada Turquoise Room

unpackedwriter ascending into the New Year

Getting There The last time I got into a small airplane involved 5th of vodka and a 70-pound-hog-tied dog, because the time before that involved an unleashed 70-pound-dog frantically clawing her way into the cockpit of a six-seater. IN. MIDFLIGHT. … Continue reading

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Photo Essay 2: Valse de Paris at Street Level


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Belizean Chicken

Renee's Islamarisol Sunrise

If you’ve ever dreamed of living on or visiting a tropical island, Eddie Usher’s Isla Marisol, located off Glover’s Reef atoll on a UN World Heritage site, can’t be beat. Short of stepping foot on the island, you can indulge … Continue reading

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Photo Essay 1: Prayer Meeting: Spiritual Refuge


When working with words, sometimes I must take refuge in photos. Experiencing that which is around me in a wordless medium gives space for the words to distill in a new and different way.  For today, I take refuge in … Continue reading

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Writer’s Notebook: Summer Writing


A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. -Edward deBono Some of you may have felt my summer silence.  There have been a lot of moments that matter and little time to consider how they would fall into the … Continue reading

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Xunantunich: Belize Back Country Travel and Climbing the Ruins

Zunantunich, Mayan Ruins, Belize

According to, “If you visit only one Maya ruin in Belize, it should be… Xunantunich.” After our laid back evening on the streets of San Ignacio, our hunger ignited by fragrant street market mangos, papayas and Belizean chicken, we … Continue reading

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Belize Back Country II: Spanish Lookout and San Ignacio on The Road to Xunantunich

Street scene, San Ignacio, Belize

“Are you sure you want to stop here?” Mischa asked, as we motored our flame emblazoned pickup into Spanish Lookout in Belize’s Cayo District. After driving from Dangriga to the Blue Hole, the road to Xunantunich (said, ZooNAANtooNitch) took us … Continue reading

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