May 042013
 
Why People Tell You Not to Visit Vermont in April...

“So… now is not a good time to come here,” the Vermont native told me, trying to break the news gently.

“What are you talking about?” I retorted. “I love Vermont! I’m sure any time of year is lovely.”

“See, the thing is…” the gal tried again, “April here is not like our beautiful Winter, Fall, or Summer. It’s just kind of… brown.”

“Pshaw!” I scoffed. With that, Colin and I piled our suitcases [...Read More!]

Apr 182013
 
Can You Guess This Odd and Delicious Vermont Food?

Aching for fresh air and a tranquil place to do our piles of grading outside of Boston, Colin and I spent this week in the beautiful New England state of Vermont. We picked the town of Brattleboro for its proximity to hiking, Boston, and… FOOD.

What was the highlight of our culinary pillage of Brattleboro, Vermont? Without a doubt, the highlight was the mystery food you see pictured before you. It was [...Read More!]

Mar 162013
 
Unexpected International Flair in Newport, Rhode Island

When you think “Rhode Island,” do you think “international flair?” Well, I didn’t either… until our recent Newport trip brought the worldly elements of the city into glorious focus! Leap along with me to see.

Newport is famous for its unbelievably opulent cliff-side mansions. One of our favorites was Marble House, pictured above, which is a 50-room mansion built by the Vanderbilt family in 1892 that features 500,000 cubic feet of marble. [...Read More!]

Feb 172013
 
Beautiful Boston Under Two Feet of Blizzard Snow

WOWZA did we have a lot of snow in Boston! Two feet, to be exact. Raging winds whipped the wet, fat snow of Blizzard Nemo all over our city. Windows shook, the view was waves of white, and schools were closed for three days. Driving was banned, and travel ground to a halt.

Being married to another teacher is splendid on a triple snow day like this. Colin and I ate tons of ice [...Read More!]

Jan 212013
 
Where to Stay in Newport, RI to Feel Like Royalty

There are some vacations from which you need a vacation, and our whirlwind trip to India proved one of them. We returned to America from New Delhi jetlagged, dizzy, and greeted by piles of grading.

“We’ve got to go somewhere relaxing, close, and awesome this long weekend,” I wailed to my husband. “Somewhere we can eat like beasts, sleep like bears, and sightsee pretty things at a relaxed pace. BUT WHERE?”

Twitter to [...Read More!]

Dec 152012
 
How Travel Unlocks a Secret Layer, As Seen in Greece

The wind atop Greece’s Acropolis whipped my hair like a milkshake as I stared at the towering stone women. Why did they look so familiar?

“You are looking at the Caryatid Porch of Erechtheion,” our guide told our teacher tour group, “built around 420 BCE… over 2,400 years ago.”

I knew I had seen those statues before back in Boston… and often. But where?

“The design is remarkable,” our guide continued. “Each woman is [...Read More!]

Nov 282012
 
Why Being a Teacher is the Best Job: The OTHER Reason

“Miss!” one of my seventh graders yelled, “There’s fake blood all over the wall!”

The kids acting the Hammurabi skit froze as we all whipped our heads around. Sure enough, the entire wall— my “Class Objectives” whiteboard, our vocabulary words, and the stately blue paint— were splattered with red carnage. But that wasn’t all. A river of fake blood streaked the wooden floor, and the clothes of the student actors were polka-dotted [...Read More!]

Nov 222012
 
A Gift Shopping Secret to Save Money and Boost Love

According to the theory “The 5 Love Languages,” each person has a different ranking of the following five manners of showing and receiving love: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.

What this means is that there is a whole set of people (myself included) for whom gift giving is the lowest ranking way in which we understand love. Shopping for, giving, and receiving gifts is [...Read More!]

Nov 122012
 
Perfect New England Travel: Bike Paths and Farm Stands

There are several secrets to quality New England travel. As you may have seen from my first article about Western Massachusetts travel, my husband, two zany cousins and I have been putting in the research so you can merely sit back and follow our suggestions. It’s been hard work, I tell you! (Burp.)

First, research bike paths in the region of New England that interests you. Triangulate a bike path close to a [...Read More!]

Oct 302012
 
A Hidden Hike in the Beautiful Berkshire Mountains

Remember how one secret to a happy relationship is to take exciting weekend trips? Let’s add to that: Make your relationships even more thrilling by including hilarious and brilliant family members in your travel plans! Ensure that all parties involved enjoy hiking and making dramatic poses in pictures. And eat a lot.

So it was that my husband Colin and I drove three hours on an October Friday evening from Boston to [...Read More!]