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“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt I once overheard my grade school art teacher telling a fellow student that quote. I was around 9 or 10 years old. It has stuck with me almost three decades later. For a long time, I didn’t understand what it meant in…

From SoCal to NorCal

The Darbyshires are on the move. Again. Turns out just over one year in Southern California was all we needed. I am not aware that we are in any witness protection program, for the record. After some time in Rancho Cucamonga, I realized in my heart that it would be a temporary location for us….

what did mary read? hint: it was borrowed from a library

Everyone has a type of books they gravitate towards, and thus recommending books can be a tricky situation. I know this because I’ve only taken recommendations seriously from a small number of trustworthy individuals and one reputable news & information source ((NPR)). But here’s the thing – these books I am about to mention must…

The Reluctant Segway Tour

So Segways, huh? Is there a more comical mode of transporation? How much do you chuckle when you see a mall security guard cruising down corridors on one. Or a group of people taking a city tour on Segways, with their helmets and fanny packs securely fastened to their bodies. What is wrong with walking?…

The Cross-Country Road Trip Begins

Currently I am sitting in front of a toasty, mesmerizing camp fire; living out of a car, sleeping in a tent, with no agenda or daily schedule. And life could not feel any more amazing. We departed 819 NE 68th Street in Seattle mid-day Sunday, for our final time, with a car full of our…

Hurricane Ridge and Kalaloch

Two places that have been on my Washington must-do list for the past several years are Hurricane Ridge and Kalaloch. And guess what? I just returned from a spectacular trip where I experienced both of them in one shot! Are you ready for this? We took the Edmonds – Kingston ferry, and proceeded to Port…

Andrew

How lucky am I that the person to whom I am married is ready and willing to embark on this adventure with me? Willing to leave behind a job he thoroughly enjoyed. Willing to say goodbye to a city which has such a special place in his heart. Willing to unselfishly contribute his savings to…

Oh, the places we will go.

First up…road tripping! USA stops: Cannon Beach, Oregon Florence, Oregon Redwoods, California San Jose, California San Diego, California Tucson, Arizona El Paso, Texas San Antonio, Texas Austin, Texas New Orleans, Louisiana Wilmington, North Carolina Richmond, Virginia Washington, DC Upstate New York Saranac Lake, New York Manhattan Boston, Massachusetts From Boston, we are off to the…

How did we know?

How do you know when it’s time to pack up and leave your comfort zone? To experience something new. Not everyone feels that urge and is quite comfortable in their zone. But I wanted more, so when did I know it was time? For me, I really started to feel myself performing the same routine…