How I fell into a Tuscan food coma – Part 2

[well]This is Part 2 about our complimentary Tuscan food tour with American, Deb, of Italy Unfiltered, and her Italian husband, Massi the Driver. To...

Our first wonder of the world: Chichén Itzá

It may surprise you that despite spending most of my career as a public school administrator, I was actually an anthropology major in college. Yes,...

Following our hearts to St. Kitts

Two years ago, I had never even heard of St. Kitts. Then, in August 2015, two incredible young men from this small island in the Caribbean stepped...

5 interesting facts about Stonehenge

We arrived in London, England, as scheduled and had a lovely drive (thanks Chirton Grange) through the countryside to our first stop -- Stonehenge....

Roaming Rome

The first stop on our European adventure was Rome. Since we were arriving mid-morning after a 10-hour flight, and because we weren't sure how Ann...

More from the World

A postcard from Turkey

Some friends of ours, Paul and Micaela, sent us this postcard from Istanbul! Paul is a teacher in the same district where I work as a principal. Micaela is an athletic trainer at a local college and has worked some with Ann on weight training. We've enjoyed getting to...

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A postcard from James in Kuwait

A former  student of mine, James Donaldson, sent this postcard from Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. I first knew James when I taught Spanish in Greenville, Mississippi, right after college. He, and his now wife, Kira, played on the high school soccer team I coached there. I...

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A postcard from Argentina

Six years ago, we had the privilege of meeting a delightful young lady from Germany who was living with a family we know in our hometown of Crete, Nebraska. She was here to study at the high school as a foreign exchange student. At the time, she was in school with our...

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Postmark: China

It wasn't easy to go back to school today after a two-week winter break (I'm a middle school principal), but as I've said before, I'm blessed to get to work with some special teachers in my job. One of our teachers, Mary, has spent a month of each of her past two...

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Thanks, Paul and Connor!

Last summer, my brother and nephew took a father/son trip to Italy and did lots of sightseeing, exploring, and even took an Italian cooking class. While their schedules were busy, we really appreciated them taking time out to find postcards to send to us, even when it...

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A postcard from the Vatican

As you may already know, whenever we travel, we look for opportunities to purchase postcards and mail them home to our "postcard jar" [read more about that here]. We started doing this several years ago as a way to easily document our travels, remind us where we'd...

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Roaming Rome

The first stop on our European adventure was Rome. Since we were arriving mid-morning after a 10-hour flight, and because we weren't sure how Ann would be feeling due to her illness, we pre-booked a private car tour to give us an overview of the city until we were...

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Thanks, Cody and Mikayla!

One of my former students and his wife sent us a postcard with an aerial view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It was our first postcard from outside of the United States!     Cody and Mikayla have recently been enjoying time in Europe. They've traveled to Rome,...

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  • Not sure why they produce solid chocolate mice in Belgium. But we ate it anyway. .

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  • New post on the blog today about 15 photo-worthy stops in #grinnelliowa. This active, artsy town has so many cool places to see and things to do. Link in bio.
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  • Happy fall, y’all! #fall #pumpkins #pumpkinpatch
  • We are so excited to be partnering with @thechefandthedish using @parmigianoreggiano cheese. Can’t wait to meet @chef_paola_italy tomorrow and see what she has us cook up! Hope you’ll follow along. #lookforthedots #italiancooking #cheese #thechefandthedish #ad
  • Plane spotting in St. Maarten was a bucket list item for Steve. Checked it off in December 2016. .
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  • Can't wait for the colors to start changing in our backyard in Nebraska. #nebraska #fallfoilage #autumn #autumnleaves #seasons #autumnal #postcardjar #midlifetravel #travelblog #travel
  • Always stop and smell the roses. From our trip last fall to the Portland International Rose Test Garden. .

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  • Our first cooking class in Italy. Buonissimo! .
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Making the most of midlife.