Twenty Nine

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Growing Pains, The Distiller's Mother16 Comments

When I saw the prompt for an essay contest a while back, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. The prompt was this: write about a moment you would like to have back, to do differently if you could. Although there are many such moments in my life, it wasn’t hard to come up with the one I needed … Read More

Sunset 2013

Elizabeth MarroMilestones28 Comments

As 2013 began to draw to its close, the skies over southern California began to light up. For several weeks in December, many of us would be on our way into the house to make dinner only to become spellbound. More than once, the early risers among us caught the moon fading into a glory of blues, golds, violet and, … Read More

State of Pray: New Hampshire Memories

Elizabeth MarroFamily31 Comments

A while back, Mark Koopmans  was looking for people across the country and beyond to represent their states or countries in a project called 50 States of Pray today. Here you’ll find thoughts, reflections, memories, wishes for the future or regrets of the past, perhaps something entirely unexpected, the best kind of gift.  I’m honored to represent the great state of New Hampshire … Read More

The Gift of Found Time

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Growing Pains, Travel & Travelers37 Comments

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ― Annie Dillard A  little over eight years ago my father’s heart stopped. One minute he was clutching his tennis racquet and waiting for the other doubles team to serve. The next, he was on the floor. His wife, an ex-firefighter and an amazing human being, resuscitated … Read More

Intervention

Elizabeth MarroGrowing Pains, Nature30 Comments

I don’t know what kind of bird this is, I don’t know its sex. All I know is that for five days it occupied my backyard, walking around among my herb pots with a bemused air, as if hoping any minute to find a familiar face or landmark. There was no visible injury, no reason that I could see that … Read More

The Mother My Daughter Is

Elizabeth MarroEncounters10 Comments

From Betsy: This is the first time I’ve re-blogged anything but this piece by Jan Wilberg broke my heart in a good way. I wanted to share it. Here’s to mothers, daughters, honesty, love. And to being glad.

Love, A La Mode

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Food, Friends, The Distiller's Mother18 Comments

When I moved from the East Coast to San Diego in the spring of 2002, I found myself a stranger in a place that felt like home. There is no explaining that kind of feeling, it just happens. It happens more easily when you land in a community of loving, welcoming people who begin as acquaintances and become friends. Some … Read More

Journeys and Thanks

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Books, Reading & Writing3 Comments

Dear Fellow Travelers, With my last post “A Journey to Now,” I wrapped up a month-long celebration of journeys and books. Each post  focused on a particular journey and the book that either took me or came along for the ride. Because this month also encompassed my birthday, always a milestone in life’s journey, I celebrated by sharing the books … Read More

A Journey To Now

Elizabeth MarroGrowing Pains, Reading & Writing, Travel & Travelers32 Comments

In May I was feeling the loss of an old friend very deeply. It was his birthday month and a year since the last time I’d seen him. May was the time he’d normally be wrapping up his training for the Mount Washington Road Race in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. Unable to run last year, he and I made breakfast … Read More