His Mission Now

Elizabeth MarroFellow Travelers, Inspiration, Milestones, Veterans19 Comments

His story, he tells me, is not so different from the stories of other veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. He doesn’t know if he can come up with the right words, words that are “profound” enough for the post I’ve asked him to help me write. He knows that talking can unleash a storm of thoughts, feelings, memories … 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

Reconstruction Day

Elizabeth MarroBeginnings, Death, Family, Growing Pains, Inspiration, Love, Spirituality20 Comments

On Good Friday last year, my step-daughter checked into the hospital for the second phase of post-mastectomy reconstruction. As we packed to go help her through the recovery, I found myself pondering the word, “reconstruction” as if I’d never heard it before. Reconstruction is what people do after tsunamis, floods, fires, and wars. Builders in New York and New Jersey can’t … Read More