The Vacation That Wasn’t

Over at The High Calling, Sam Van Eman remembers a family vacation – or, rather, not a vacation: In the meantime, I had been writing stories about my childhood, an era when my own dad spent more time at the bar than home. He had neither vacation time to take, nor interest in doing anything of [Read More...]

Summer Lake

At Art House America, Mary Van Denend writes about Summer Lake in Oregon – and, more importantly, on what a trip to the wilderness does for us:  The weekend before Summer Lake, I was up in Seattle visiting my oldest sister and enjoying a solo literary getaway, attending a wonderful reading and reception for poet [Read More...]

Vacationing with the Obamas and Other Ironies

Hiking next to the Gallatin River in south central Montana, about an hour away from Bozeman

Twice in the last four years we spent our summer vacation with the Obamas. Well, okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But, truly, two times during our last four summer vacations we encountered the President and/or his family . . . and were somewhat inconvenienced in the process. Here are the facts. Last month, [Read More...]


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