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Timing is everything. Awhile ago, imitating other bloggers, I inserted a “donate” button on this site as a rather stealthy experiment: would anyone notice? would they give if they did? Readers do click on that link. And that’s as far as they get. Perhaps they wanted to give but hesitated. Maybe they clicked by mistake. Or perhaps they … Continue reading

Notes From the Potato Patch

While I’m terrible with houseplants and have never tried gardening, I’ve long had an unexplored curiosity about how food is brought from the earth.  Traipsing through hundreds of miles of vineyards and other agricultural land in Spain last fall, along El Camino de Santiago, brought that interest closer to the surface.  And now I’m living … Continue reading

To the Camino, with Gratitude

The last few nights I have dreamed that I was walking long distances outdoors; I guess the Camino is still rooted in my subconscious and in my body, which has been conditioned to keep moving.  With no more yellow arrows to follow, will I take up sleepwalking?!   Since it’s Thanksgiving, here are some appreciations, from … Continue reading

A Tourist Demands. A Pilgrim Appreciates.

This bit of wisdom (which I translated from the more melodic Spanish), was on a bulletin board in the convent in Arre, where I rested early on in my trip.  I’ve thought about it a lot since, as many of my fellow walkers are behaving as tourists.  In each town, there are usually a few options … Continue reading

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