Want to Empower Girls? Take them Trekking

  After a week of cool but unusually sunny weather in Scotland, I arrived in Fort William, ready to hike Ben Nevis. I needed to get my first lungful of Highland air, and stock supplies for the next 7 days on the Great Glen Way. The rain hit first thing…

Hiking Argentina? Don’t Forget the Wine

  About 650 miles from the pulsing city of Buenos Aires lies Mendoza, where urban rhythm gives way to natural opulence, and where wine is more than a business, it’s a spiritual pilgrimage. Mendoza hugs the Chilean border, giving easy access to the mighty Andes mountains and the…

Escape from Georgia (O’Keeffe)

    “The artist passed away in 1986,” the museum guide said, backing away from me slowly. The famous photo of O’Keeffe hung just to her right, and she gave it a glance as she worked her way around me. “You know, it’s…

God: You Are Mine. Me: Um. What?

Years ago, I took a class to learn how to meditate. (The fact that I was 24 at the time, and misread the flyer, and thought it said masturbate, will go unmentioned here.) Long story short, meditating is tedious and boring, not nearly as much fun as masturbating, and only…

Enjoy Your Scots Responsibly

Sharing a wee dram at the Highlander Fling at the Regal Community Theatre in Bathgate, Scotland with Outlander actors Scott Kyle and Stephen Walters, and Grammy-nominated Susan Boyle.    I read all eight of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books in 10 days. After the first one, I called…

Battle of the Bourbons

And, no, I don’t mean the French kings from two centuries ago. I mean the decadent bourbon choices I have this holiday season. Thanksgiving always reminds me of the long, agonizing night I spent in Kentucky with some backcountry hunters, hell-bent on shooting turkeys. I survived solely…