New beginnings

After all the new beginnings of the last two and a half years, here’s another big one: making the switch from journalism to nonprofit

How not to travel to Morocco

As my husband and I prepared for a three-week holiday in Spain, our friend made the genius suggestion that we visit Morocco as well. We were going to be in fairly southern Spain, we had an open week after our Workaway in Elche, and we’d never been to Africa or an Islamic country. It was a […]

España: Land of oranges and vino tinto

If you are a non-Spanish speaker going to Spain for the first time, what words would you be sure to learn while you’re there? If you’re my husband, that’s an easy question: You learn postre (dessert), torta de queso (cheesecake), jarra de sangria (pitcher of sangria), vino tinto (red wine), and menú del día (menu of the day, […]

A beautiful day for a walk through Shropshire and Worcestershire

On Friday, Dave and I took a gorgeous walk from our current home at Redford Farm in Shropshire, down the Clee Hill to Tenbury Wells and then on to our former home, Brook Farm in Worcestershire. We have been blessed to land in a stunning piece of little-known England, and we absolutely love it. From […]

A day in the Workaway life: Brook Farm moments

Life has changed a bit in the last year. Dave and I transitioned from high school mathematics teacher and daily newspaper reporter renting a duplex in Glasgow, Ky., to wandering manual laborers who will live and work with anyone who welcomes us into their lives and gives us friendship, food and a bed. Thus far, […]

Pasta for lunch, language lessons for dinner

For anyone who may have forgotten during the course of my six-week writer’s block (sorry about that), Dave and I returned to Brook Farm at the beginning of January to continue being Workwayers for our favorites, Sarah and Will. But for our second round at Brook Farm, we got a bit of a promotion. Suddenly, […]

Chasing light over hilltops

Just after Christmas, I spent a beautiful Saturday walking in the Kington area with my husband, Dave, and our cousin Jonathan. A walk with Jonathan usually starts with, “Just an easy stroll up this hill,” and before we know it, we’re walking home in the dark with no torches after being gone five or more […]

Answering the question of “Why?”

Today would have marked my third anniversary as a reporter at the Glasgow Daily Times. I might have spent my day interviewing a magisterial election candidate, attending an elementary school program or fielding subscriber complaints about how the news staff is never doing enough. But I didn’t. Instead, I woke up in an old farmhouse […]