The Invention of Wings: The Rest of the Story

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Flattered to have the Grimké Sisters Tour creators ask to use my blog post and photos on their new website, as this favorite from our Charleston visit turns into an ongoing offering! http://grimkesisterstour.com

Originally posted on Travel. Garden. Eat.:

Charleston is a city overflowing with history, culture, and beauty …. not to mention an endless abundance of memorable food options.  A long weekend with camera in hand could yield months of blog posts at the rate I have been posting lately!  First, though, I want to share with you an opportunity that is available only through the 26th of October, as part of the Preservation Society of Charleston’s Fall Tour of Homes:  the “Invention of Wings” walking tour.  If you are in the Charleston area during the month of October, I urge you to order your tickets now for this tour that is certain to sell out as the word spreads about it.

Charleston's Unitarian Cemetery

The two-hour tour was led by Lee Ann Bain, who has put together the tour based on Sue Monk Kidd’s popular novel, The Invention of Wings.  The walking tour expands on the historical fiction profiles of the Grimké sisters to…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

The 2014 Minnesota Section 7AA boys 4×400 relay … it is always the final event of the final high school track meet of the season, unless you happen to be one of those top runners or relay teams that qualifies for the State Meet.  From the start of the throwing events to the last 4×400 relay, this year’s Section meet held at the end of May turned into an almost 10-hour event, as lightning and rain storms repeatedly moved through and required delay after delay.  The events have to be run in order to send runners to the State Meet, and the final deadline for completing Section races in order to qualify for State was mere hours away.

2014 Minnesota Section 7AA boys 4x400 finish

As the sky turned black with storm clouds, and the rain started once again, the runners were rushed onto the track for the final heat of this final relay race of the day.  The gun went off, signaling the start of the race, hours after the originally scheduled start time.  The skies opened up as the boys ran their two laps each around the 400m track, handing off the slippery wet baton to the next runner, until all four runners on each team completed their circuit.  By the time the final runners crossed the finish line, you couldn’t even see 100 meters down the track.  Spectators and runners alike were soaked to the skin.  Competing in any race is an achievement, but the conditions under which these high school runners ran at this meet deserves special recognition.

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Achievement” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Our Home Away From Home in Puerto Rico

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Reminded how precious and fragile life can be when I saw the news Inn owner and host, Michael Marra, had unexpectedly passed away last week. He helped make our visit to the Island of Puerto Rico and the Ceiba Country Inn a memorable one. He was a generous and compassionate advocate for the Island’s many homeless animals. In his memory our family will be making a donation to Island Dog http://www.islanddog.org/ — if you ever had the occasion to enjoy Michael’s hospitality, please consider honoring his memory in a manner I think he would have loved. ~ Kat

Originally posted on Travel. Garden. Eat.:

Sometimes you are fortunate enough to find a spot while traveling that allows you to relax and makes you feel like you are at home — without the hassle of housework, of course.  Instead, you can kick back, grab a good book, enjoy the view from a lounge chair, and even have a favorite four-legged friend at your side, for an extra-personal touch — so was our experience at the Ceiba Country Inn.

We spent a week in Puerto Rico in June of this year — a family vacation with the destination selected by my oldest son (the motivating factor: somewhere he could use his five years of Spanish without breaking the vacation bank).  He had the privilege of selecting the destination because the trip was in lieu of a high school graduation party.  (I admit, I strongly encouraged him to take the trip rather than the party — didn’t…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

A single seagull against the bright blue sky.  Simple colors, simple lines.  If you look at the photo long enough, I swear that gull just glides along.

Lake Superior Seagull

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Minimalist” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

The seasons of descent are upon us … tree branches almost bare after recent winds forced the descent of the last of the multi-colored leaves, while the hint of winter is in the air, with snow flurries descending upon us even before trick-or-treaters graced our doorsteps.  I am not quite ready to let go of my favorite season, but I do enjoy the unique beauty that each season brings.  Walking the grassy trails with the dogs recently, I noticed this single maple leaf, an isolated beauty nestled among parched aspen leaves past their golden prime.

Hawk Ridge October 20141008 2

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Descent” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.