Spare Change


If you read my last post, about Memory, you’ll appreciate what I’m about to share next…about making memories. In the book, “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering,” Josh Foer (the 2006 USA Memory Champion), relates the extraordinary story of Michel Siffre, a French chronobiologist (someone who studies the relationship of time to living organisms). In 1962, Siffre did something radical for research; he locked himself in a subterranean cave… Read More

Iceland is situated along the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge—the longest mountain range in the world and the largest geological feature on the planet. The ridge, for the most part, is underwater but in Iceland you can actually see the ridge where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates run together here at Thingvellar National Park. This was our first stop on our six-hour Golden Circle Tour, the most popular tour in Iceland. Notice… Read More

Iceland is a country like no other, eleven percent glaciers, eleven percent lava fields; it is truly the land of “Fire and Ice.” Traveling there this week, I expected the weather to be freezing cold, but it was actually quite mild, around 55 degrees. They get snow, but it doesn’t last. Locals told us there hasn’t been a white Christmas for the past six years. Despite its high latitude close to the… Read More

The rhythm of the Swedish summer is taking over. The country is slowing down. You can feel it. Traffic is lighter, the beaches and lakefronts are filled, there are people wearing shorts (maybe some should rethink that), but summer is here and most days—the days that aren’t blowy and cold or threaten storm clouds and rain—it’s beautiful. Summer feels like the aftermath of what has been a long winter tantrum, winter being… Read More

I’m still pinching myself. Did I just walk onto the set of Lord of the Rings? Is Frodo behind that gigantic fern? Pictures from my iphone will never do justice to this expanse of flora and fauna along the Stockby Trail. Next to our temporary house, just 10 feet or so, the trail begins as a long gravel path cutting through fields and forests then branching into dozens of smaller trails that… Read More