Turning 40…Wait…WHAT!?

Life really does seem to go by in the blink of an eye. Turning 40 seems to have a magical hold over people. Some fear it, while others greet it with excitement. I fall into the latter group. I’m a firm believer that age is simply a number. I’ve met people who were 90 and…

Why Travel? Why Not?

There have been many reports in recent years about the number of vacation days that workers in the United States fail to use each year. In fact, one recent article by CNBC noted that U.S. workers forfeited over 200 million vacation days in 2017. Let that sink in – 200 million days. That’s insane! Would…

How Did I Catch The Travel Bug? – Part 3

I was going through some of the blog drafts that I have sitting around and it occurred to me that I still had one last part of this series to publish. I’ve already told you about my grandfather and father, both of whom did a great deal to instill a thirst for adventure and travel…

My Own Personal Love Story

Love is a popular subject, particularly in February. We see every possible expression of love that is available for purchase during the lead up to Valentine’s Day. But for me, there’s another day that is infinitely more precious to me. On February 5, 2005, I married my best friend and the love that I have…

New Year, New Possibilities!

As any of my past readers know, my wife and I have recently relocated to Salem, MA. This move was one that we’ve wanted to make for a very long time, but the holidays brought up some emotions we hadn’t thought about. My wife has spent many holidays away from her family because of factors…

The Value of a Good Walk

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a lot of beautiful places and to see sites that many people only dream of. My wife and I travel whenever we have the opportunity, but we’re always happy to (eventually) come home. Home is something that most of us take for granted – the place where dinner is…

How Did I Catch The Travel Bug? – Part 2

It’s been a while since I last had an opportunity to sit down and write a post, but it’s for a very good reason. It really is, I promise! My wife and I have been in the process of moving to a whole new place to start a new chapter for our family. She’s gotten…

My Mother-In-Law’s Green Chili

My mother-in-law came to visit the day after Christmas. I’m very lucky because we both really like each other and always have a great time when she visits, which is usually for a few weeks at a time. She’s very good about trying the “weird” stuff (as she calls it) that my wife and I make to…

Learning to Appreciate the Small (Important) Things In Life

Life is a game.  That may sound like a strange thing to say, but it’s something that I’ve heard all of my life.  When I was younger, one of my favorite games to play was the Game of Life.  It all seemed so easy!  You make your way around the board with your life getting…

How Did I Catch The Travel Bug? – Part 1

It’s amazing how life and time can just seem to get away from you.  With everything from job searching to medical emergencies, time seems to really just fly by sometimes.  Late last week, I got an emergency call from my wife telling me that her mother had been put into the hospital and that we…