Posted by: thegladtraveler | July 3, 2010

A Flower Grows in Cleveland


Blooms in The Garden of the Women's Shelter

Posted by: thegladtraveler | June 28, 2010

The Scarlet Cardinal

The Lord sent me a cardinal this morning

brilliant scarlet in a sea of

green leaf.

He looked straight at

me for a while

and cocked his head

with its golden beak

a little to the side,

the way my Mom used to do

when she was really


to me.

Thank you, Lord.

Posted by: thegladtraveler | June 20, 2010

Our Trip to Ambleside for Charlotte Mason

This is a slideshow of our trip to the Lake District of England.  We were in Ambleside working with the archives of the Charlotte Mason Library.  Thanks so much to the Armitt Museum!  Enjoy!

Posted by: thegladtraveler | June 19, 2010

New Trips

…I am adding this post from June 8th…
I am up very late tonight as I put the last touches on the suitcase, hanging bag, briefcase, purses, etc…  I’m off with three of my
daughters and one daughter-in-law


to the Charlotte Mason Conference at Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  Five women in one car.  We will pack their things into the Highlander tomorrow morning.  Let’s just say, I’ve taken more than my fair share of room.  My excuse is that I am speaking during the conference and it is all  very needed materials.  Hmm…we shall see.

Did I mention that my bags are full of first editions of some of Charlotte Mason’s work, pictures from our trip to Ambleside, England last summer and the perfect “Old Country Roses” napkins for our tea party?  Only the necessities of course.

Posted by: thegladtraveler | June 19, 2010

A Quiet Night

I am sitting quietly at home tonight.  The Great American Road Trip was successful.  We returned home a bit closer in spirit and in truth.

The next week sent some of our family to the Charlotte Mason Conference at Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.  I think I’ll talk more about that later.

Next week is Vacation Bible School.  Life is good.  Blessings to you and yours this Father’s Day weekend.

Posted by: thegladtraveler | June 1, 2010

The Great American Road Trip – Part One

Road Trip

Beautiful & Green

The Plan – Travel from the  hills of Alabama to the coast of the Great Lakes and back again.

The Participants – Twenty Eight Friends.  It’s a teenage mission trip to be more exact, with 19 teens and 9 adults.

The Method – Three White Rental Vans

The Official Ministry – Cleveland City Mission Men’s Service

Cleveland City Mission Women’s Service

Haven of Rest in Bristol, Tennessee

The Official Fun – Pro Football Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

King’s Island

Know you know.


Day One showed us some beautiful country, green and vibrant.  The sunset lasted for hours. with pinks and blues and whites and purples.  We arrived safely at our hotel in Columbus after the 11 hour van ride.  Fast food for lunch, slower food for supper.  A great pool and fitness room awaiting us.  We are all headed to sleepy time now.

Apples to Apples


Posted by: thegladtraveler | May 29, 2010

My Favorite Poet Right Now

The Summer Day

Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Posted by: thegladtraveler | May 26, 2010

Botanical Gardens and Artist Sisters

We meet today at the fountain in the gardens.  We didn’t even have each other’s cell phone numbers 24 hours ago, but now we do.  We gathered and we strolled and we updated each other about our lives.   Our friendships began at the Folk School a few months ago.  Sitting around, painting together, learning new things about each other and about ourselves, we had bonded during those lessons on “Discovery Illustrated Journals.”  We thought we were going to the Folk School to learn how to paint.  We did learn that, but oh, we learned so much more.

I take time to wait now, to sit quietly without words.  I’ve learned to be accepted for myself, for my art…but mostly just because I am.  Artists seem to know how to “dwell” better than the average Joe.  Today, while I was working on a sketch of these beautiful pink Hydrangea at the gardens, a group of school children stopped by and asked “Are you an artist?”  For the first time in my life…I answered “Yes.”

Posted by: thegladtraveler | May 2, 2010

A Rainy Day at Home

A rainy day in Birmingham and I am happy.  Our recent set of guests left this morning and we were sad to see them go.  They have added some magic to our days.  I have the feeling of a good visit now ended, rather like the end of a good meal.  You enjoyed it so, and its memory will make you smile for days to come.

It so great to be all cozy at home while the rain surrounds us like a hand knit sweater.  We can hear it and the sound just makes us want to draw in closer and more snugly.  I think I hear my bed calling “come to me and dream awhile.”

Posted by: thegladtraveler | March 24, 2010

The Beauty Surrounding Us…

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