Less is More

I have a bumper sticker inconspicuously displayed on the inside wall of my laundry room. It reads Excess in Moderation. A good friend gave it to me a few years back and I still chuckle at the message. It is both ironic and instructive. And hard to remember. Last week I heard the elegant and […]

A Thin Place

He had Clark Gable’s smile. On my fourth day of walking the Camino, in the obscure village of Molinaseca, I happened upon a most unusual creature. Neither fellow pilgrim nor local, he was an American in Spain on business. His shoes were a dead giveaway.

Hymns to The Silence

Like many pilgrims setting out to walk the Camino, I brought along a journal. No stranger to recording thoughts and feelings – I’d been doing it semi-regularly since college – I found the practice both soothing and necessary. The experience felt so rich I was afraid to miss a thing, and I had the idea […]

Not my “Eat, Pray, Love” tour

In the summer of 2012, I walked the second half of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James). I flew from Charlotte to Madrid, took a train to Leon and walked 200 miles to Santiago over a two-week period. It not only wasn’t on my bucket list, it had only recently reached my […]