Why on Earth is mighty Manchester United having to play in front of 5,000 people at Accrington Stanley? It’s all about the magic of the FA Cup, for me the best competition in English soccer.
Although I lead what I call “hiking in Italy” trips every year, the reality is they are hiking, touring, and eating trips to Italy. Lots of eating. So I’ve decided to put together a post or three about my Ultimate Italian Meal.
As I watch soccer games in England and work on my book about the subject, I keep collecting terms and sayings that I find entertaining, or that I think Americans would do well to understand.
See if this sounds familiar: I am sitting here thinking of this really big, important, kind of overwhelming, scary, exciting thing I’m supposed to be doing … and I’m deciding to do something else. In my case, the big thing is a book proposal for an agent who asked to see it. This is like […]
What are the best Portland hikes in the rain? Here’s one option in town, one in the Gorge, and one at the coast.
As it’s explained at the website for the Friends of Marquam Nature Park:
The Marquam Mosaic was created as a participatory public art project led by renowned Portland artist Lynn Takata that involved children, families and adults in making a 100′ long mosaic for the Marquam Nature Park amphitheater. The public was invited to create ceramic and mosaic art and poetry based on the native flora and fauna of Marquam Nature Park.
It’s an utterly charming thing, well-made and professional but retaining little-kid charm. And there’s really nothing much to add, except that the hike to Council Crest, which starts there, is good any time of year.
The other day I was headed into a conversation with a friend, when I caught myself getting excited about one particular thing we might be talking about: drama involving other people. Basically, this friend of mine is involved in a situation which I have avoided because of its high potential for drama, but then I […]
One of the amazing things about how my mind works, or doesn’t, is its ability to catastrophize. I don’t know how common that word is outside of recovery circles, so I’ll explain briefly. This month I had a $150 expense which I forgot to account for, so a couple days ago when I thought I […]
One of the most amazing things about seeing soccer in England is that stadiums which host top-flight players in one of the world’s greatest leagues are often right in the middle of some residential neighborhood — and the fans are right on top of the pitch. Nowhere is this more in evidence than at Loftus […]
Every year, I lead a hiking and touring trip to Tuscany, which I like to call “Trails and Tables of Tuscany.” It’s a fantastic mix of walking through the countryside, hiking in the hills, visiting cultural sights, and of course … eating. Here’s a link to the 2014 trip, which was in September, and the 2015 […]