Me And The Map

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Why Journal

These journals started as a way to keep in touch with everyone back home. They were for my encouraging and sometimes nervous parents, for my curious and intrigued friends. A one stop shop for any and all who were interested in my whereabouts.

Only when I returned home did I realize that these journals were really for me.  They take me back to every place that I’ve been so when I’m stuck doing something a bit less exciting, I can be transported if only for a moment.

Why Travel

Can’t remember what it was like to be a child? Try traveling. Feel like your days are running together end on end? Try traveling. Can’t imagine getting nostalgic for a moment that hasn’t passed yet? Try traveling.

You can’t go back in time and have fresh eyes but you can move forward in space and have fresh things to look at. Travel slows the clock and distinguishes your moments. You look at things differently if you think you may never see them again. At least I do.


I can stare at maps all day. The green is for nostalgia and the gray is for daydreaming.



Maybe you don’t know me. Here are a few things to get you started: I am a list-maker, Excel spreadsheet enthusiast, nostalgia junkie, food savorer, budgeter, criminal justice hobbyist, introvert, practiced extrovert.

On The Wishlist

Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Madagascar, Cuba.

San Sebastian, Spain. Muscat, Oman. Porto, Portugal.

Returning to Italy and Japan.

5 thoughts on “Me And The Map

  1. Hello to you both,
    Just received the notice from the Island Inn…………the end of an era !!! So happy for all three of you, new adventures, Charleston is so very lucky to be getting you. We will miss you both so very much, you are entwined in all our memories over the past 16 years. We wish you all the best of luck in all you do, keep traveling !!!
    Much love ,

    Anna and Brian Gretta

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  2. As another Island Inn veteran, I have to say this is truly the end of an era. Many thanks for all that you contributed to my years visiting Monhegan, and all my best wishes for your new directions.

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  3. There is no place like the magic island of Monhegan and part of the magic lies in the Inn where we found both of you. It was with much sadness that we could no longer visit Maine. Your lives were a part of ours as the years passed and we watched you grow as a couple, then have your beautiful daughter. Mom came & helped you juggle times spent working and playing. Creative activities always took place outside on the patio that we could see from our second floor room. Amazingly there were always smiles even at most hectic of times. We both wish you good fortune in the next adventures wherever you may go. I feel certain that you will miss the spell that Monhegan puts on one but also you will help to create that spell in Charleston. Barb and Frank Shekore


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