Strangers in a Strange Land

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Books, Family, Fellow Travelers, Novels, Reading & Writing, Strangers, Travel & Travelers21 Comments

Michael Valentine Smith may have prevented a murder back in the summer of 1974 when my brother and I were stranded in Port Angeles, Washington for nearly ten days. In a Pinto station wagon. In the rain. It was day five or six. I remember the relentless drumming of water against the car roof. I remember waiting to take my … Read More

Road Trip, One Page at a Time

Elizabeth MarroAuthors, Family, Fellow Travelers, Growing Pains, Reading & Writing, Travel & Travelers18 Comments

With this post, I begin a month-long celebration of journeys and books. Each post will focus on a particular journey and the book that either took me or came along for the ride. Because this month also encompasses my birthday, always a milestone in life’s journey, I want to celebrate by sharing the books I mention here. Each post will … Read More

Re-entry

Elizabeth MarroFamily, Reading & Writing, Travel & Travelers8 Comments

You know that half groan, half-shriek the gears make when you thought you were shifting your car into second and you hit reverse instead? Or, forgot to punch the clutch all the way to the floor before trying to go forward? Oh, you never did that? Fine. I bet you still know what I’m talking about. It’s the sound you … Read More

Love and Thanks

Elizabeth MarroReading & Writing19 Comments

Is it uncool to thank the WP universe for the love I experienced last week? I don’t care. I am thanking you all now. I’ve never been known as “cool.” Last week, I was in Las Vegas with my sisters and mother — the first all-girl reunion we’ve ever had. I thought millions of ideas for blog posts would rise … Read More

Learning to Walk, Learning to See

Elizabeth MarroFellow Travelers, Inspiration, Reading & Writing, Travel & Travelers14 Comments

We’re two friends walking along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. For one of us the walk is preparation for a 200-mile pilgrimage, for the other, it is a chance to taste a part of the adventure vicariously. Patty is training. I am tasting. Later this month, she’ll fly to Spain and walk two-fifths of the 500-mile journey from France to … Read More

Lunch With Friends

Elizabeth MarroEat, Drink, Love, Encounters19 Comments

I ate some old friends for lunch today. It’s the only way to get rid of them. They keep coming back like relatives you miss until they come and stay for months, or the chatty kind of people you try to evade at parties but just can’t. Everywhere you turn, there they are, all bright, happy, and softhearted — the … Read More