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Merlin and Dragon, A Boy and His Dragon

A Boy and His Dragon or A Girl and Her Grandmother.

[pe2-image src=”http://lh6.ggpht.com/-Q0uBidqM3Qs/UpyA6oMLtFI/AAAAAAAAE7E/1nnNKvUECBk/s144-c-o/DSCF0247.JPG” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100212479652479288017/GlenTanarAberdeenshireScotland20131202#5952774552186238034″ caption=”Glen Tanar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland” type=”image” alt=”DSCF0247.JPG” ] Cold weather makes for lonelier walking paths and on our latest foray into the woods, on the first weekend of Advent, I let the boys get ahead of me on the trail. Autumn is now almost gone. The bare branches of the trees and the …

Lakewood Lake, Spring Green

A Love Letter to Lakewood Lake

A Love Letter to Lakewood Lake In honor of wishing I was smack dab in the middle of a giant family gathering today, I am sharing an ode to one of my favorite spots in my hometown, Lakewood Lake. A Love Letter to Lakewood Lake You have been my stomping grounds since I was a …

Dublin Bike, Happy Misfortune in Dublin, AlisonChino.com

A Happy Misfortune In Dublin

I am sad to say that I did not visit a single place on my list of sights to see in Dublin. I don’t regret for a minute that I spent the bulk of my time in Ireland on a tour of the Wild Atlantic Way, because it was the trip of a lifetime, to …

Jolly Judge, Hidden Letter in Edinburgh, AlisonChino.com

Hidden Letter In Edinburgh

Let me tell you about a little treasure hunt we went on to find a hidden letter in Edinburgh.  Almost as soon as we arrived in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, Cole and Mary Polly were insistent that we find a place called the Jolly Judge. While Taido seemed to understand their need to find …

Travel Abroad Letter, Love Alison

Letter About Traveling Abroad

A year ago Mary Polly and I were about to set sail on our Mediterranean Cruise.  We’ve been reliving the memories and marveling at all that has happened in a year. When Mary Polly and I boarded our airplane for home at the end of our trip, we had no idea that less than a …

Gothic, Aspen To Crested Butte: Day 4, Backpacking, Hiking with Kids, Colorado

Aspen To Crested Butte: Day 4

2 families, 4 days, 3 nights, 15 miles, 3,000 feet of elevation gain. This summer our family hiked from Aspen to Crested Butte with another precious family. Read about our first day on the trail here. And second day here.  Third day here. Aspen To Crested Butte: Day 4 Taido woke us up early with …

Grandmother's Wedding

Grandmother’s Wedding

Today would have been my precious Grandmother’s 90th birthday. In memory of her, I wanted to share this fun story I wrote about her 20 years ago. She had just remarried her high school sweetheart after being reunited with him at her 50th high school reunion. She had been a widow for 16 years, so …

First Flights

photo by Jacob Slaton Do you remember the first time you ever flew on an airplane? When you first felt the now everyday miracle of accelerating down the runway and then the nose of the aircraft lifting up into the air? Just like that.  All of a sudden, you are flying.  Houses below you become …

Learning To Wander From An Expert

photo by Scott Krycia This is a story about learning to wander from one of the most interesting people I have ever met while traveling. My first trip to Europe began in a customs line in Prague, where I met Shep, a tall, dark and handsome fellow who was carrying a backpack and a guitar. …

homeless man with plate of christmas dinner, under the bridge, feeding the homeless

Under the Broadway Bridge

Every day, I drive over one of the many bridges that connects my town to downtown Little Rock.  We walk on them, ride bikes over them, drive to and from school over them.  Most days, I give no thought to what is happening underneath these bridges, or more accurately, who is under them.  This is …

1940, black and white, beauty, grandmother, GM, society dame

Letting Go

My beautiful grandmother went home home to be with Jesus last Saturday. And though I earnestly prayed all last week that she might be released from her earthly body, I have found that with each day that dawns, the world seems darker without her in it. Today we will bury her and say goodbye.  We …

Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving is my very most favorite holiday. To me, it is full of everything a holiday should be. Quiet, gratefulness, stores closed and homes open, family, friends, cold weather, kids piled in spare rooms and basements, couches full to busting, and of course, food. Lots of it. A beautiful table, prepared by hands that have …

San Gimignano, Italy

A Day in San Gimignano, Italy Taido and I went to Italy for our 10th anniversary in 2004.  We were married in December, so we chose to go during that month even though we were taking a chance on the weather.  We did have some rainy, cold days, but the lack of crowds at all …

45 Years Ago

This is part 3 of a fun anniversary shoot that Whitney did with my parents.  Here’s part 1 and part 2.  I am so incredibly grateful to Whitney for these precious pictures of my parents! My parents started dating at North Little Rock High during their senior year.  Daddy asked Mama to prom that spring …

Italy 2004

Falling in Love with Italy Eight years ago, Taido and I walked hand in hand in the streets of Italy. It was December.  We were celebrating being married for 10 years. We fell in love with the Renaissance in Florence, we picnicked in the ruins of a Tuscan hill town, and we succumbed to the …

new in town

Meeting Laura

I was new in town, living on the south side of Seattle. Renton, to be exact. We had lived less than a year in a relatively uninspiring mint green townhouse. I was new to motherhood, new to staying at home, new to leaving the house with everything but the kitchen sink. I hadn’t really met …