Emotional Alchemy

Travel is more than the places we visit. It’s the lessons we learn and the people we become along the way. Travel has honed one of the most powerful skills I’ve learned; the art of emotional alchemy. Emotion is powerful. It’s transformative. But all-too-often, it feels beyond our control. We observe something wanted or unwanted.…

Vehicular and Spiritual Alignment

At the beginning of this road trip, driving through the mountains of Colorado pulling a pop-up trailer with a minivan was a harrowing experience. It took diligence and a bit of skill to protect brakes from overheating going downhill and engine from overheating going uphill. Additionally, my 2012 Honda Odyssey had warped rotors, which caused…

The Blessing of Adversity

Adversity is rarely seen as a blessing. In fact, it often feels like the exact opposite of “blessing”.  At the end of May, I left my home community of Ellicottville, NY with the intention of settling in northern Michigan. Our family lived in Boyne City, MI when the kids were young and we still have…