The (Forced) Road Trip Pause

Beneath a huge sky in the backseat of “Cream Puff”, our silver sedan, and sitting with no where to go, my body slowly began to relax. The only available movement was exercising my eyesight to look out the window. With each breath every muscle in my body seemed to slacken. My lungs repeatedly exhaled involuntarily, expunging stress from … Read more

Tenacity In Travel

Slogans from long ago keep popping into my head these days, acting as random reminders, providing support for this crazy time. “Peace I ask of Thee Oh River, Peace, Peace Peace”, a one-liner from a camp song (and an anthem for the Girl Scouts) reminds us about quieting the mind amidst the chaos, seeing beauty, and … Read more

The Welcome Protocols: FaceMask Hospitality

How do you resolve the idea of little human contact when providing hospitality? Hotels, cruise lines and tour operators are searching for answers to this question. The question is analogous to the yearning  of wanting to hug a friend but having to hold back…so NOT natural!    To distance ourselves we’ve relied on technology. Just … Read more

Three Manners To Mind

Take your elbows off the table. When chewing keep your mouth closed. Pull yourself together out of respect for yourself and for others (they have to look at you!). My parents extolled these manners growing up and, similarly, my kids have heard the same reminders for years. Manners represent “ways of behaving with reference to … Read more

“Small Things” Adventures In The Backyard

Just recently multiple friends (re-)discovered their backyards. According to a July 14th Wall Street Journal article, forty-six percent of consumers “said they did a landscaping, gardening or outdoor-living update in the last three months.”* Yes, we can connect and feel enthusiastic Close To Home! We can cultivate trust with our neighbors! Who said we have … Read more

The Strange Wonderful (Re) Connecting

No hugging, cheek kissing or hand shaking allowed. Yes, our social skills are a little rusty. Yes, there’s an underlying feeling of uncertainty (less when people wear face masks). Yet even in a socially- distanced way, physically being in the same space with another offers relief. Nothing can replace physical presence.     Now we … Read more

Today’s “Get Out Of Dodge” Road Trips

“…The car represents freedom, mobility, and the control you feel over your destiny/destination.”                                                                                     … Read more

Road Rituals for Re-Entry

  “Rituals are the formulas by which harmony is restored.”                                                                                           … Read more

Transition and Transformation: Too Big?

“Transition to Transformation” describes A Traveling Time’s Instagram Live series about re-entering community as life evolves post Covid-19. Never did we anticipate that transformation would be about the whole of American Society. Is the idea of big scale “Transformation” too huge or a hollow promise?   The “Perfect Storm” of recent events is not a … Read more

Location, Location, Location: Above or Below the Line

When purchasing our first house my mother-in-law advised prioritizing location over other considerations. Smart advice. Similarly, where we “land” emotionally is also about location. “Are we above or below the line?” asks Martin Seligman, author of Flourish (aka, father of Positivity). Understanding “mental location” translates to improved clarity for managing ourselves, especially in uncomfortable situations. … Read more