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I met the most amazing craftspeople when I was in Portland last week. Read my USA Today piece, 10 Portland makers who will make you say, “Please take my money!” and get all your holiday shopping done early!

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songs that take you places

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesdays

I’m still pumped after attending the San Diego Adventure and Travel Show with my friend, Ruth, this weekend. My head is spinning with ideas about places I want to go, experiences I want to have and stories I want to write.

So, since the theme of this week’s Twisted Mixtape Tuesday is “Your Choice,” I kind of had to go with travel songs. [Read more…]

amster-damn

Amsterdam sign

Let me start at the beginning.

We were on a tour bus in Amsterdam when the guide mentioned Hans Brinker.

“Who’s that?” my daughter asked me.

“You never heard of Hans Brinker? The boy who put his finger in the dyke?”

There was a pause as the kids looked at me in horror, then looked at each other and burst into the kind of obnoxiously loud, hysterical, can’t-catch-your-breath laughter that is absolutely inappropriate in public places – and impossible to control.

kids laughing

“Put his finger in the dyke?!” spurted my son, gasping for air.

“Oh, my God, you guys, you know what I’m talking about,” I said, rolling my eyes and trying to shush them while the other passengers gave us dirty looks and my husband pushed his Earbuds in deeper.

And so began another Mark family vacation. [Read more…]