Author Archives: Ashley Forster

Life’s a Beach

Ah, the beach – the quintessential vacation spot.  A place to relax, soak up the sun, and drink alcohol all day without judgment.   For the twenty-something partygoer, a beach vacation takes very little planning.  Pack a bikini, cut-offs, and flip-flops. … Continue reading

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Fountains of Rome

On any summer vacation, most of us seem to venture out in search of water.  Whether its a calm seashore, quiet mountain lake, rushing woodland stream, or tropical waterfall, water brings refreshment, moving water a calming babble.  In the chaotic … Continue reading

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English Reflections

As we stepped out of the Barcelona airport today into the warmth of a Mediterranean climate, I was grateful for the sun, albeit sad to leave a country as ancient and mysterious as England.  We Americans don’t give England enough … Continue reading

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Yes, they have horses in Iceland!

I was unsure during this trip if I was going to be able to ride an Icelandic horse, the sturdy, fluffy-maned little powerhouses that make this island their own.  Our six days in Iceland were filling up quickly and our … Continue reading

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Journey to the Blue Lagoon

Our trip to the Blue Lagoon went, well, swimmingly.  Iceland’s premier geothermal spa, a naturally milky blue hot mineral pool sunk into black basaltic rock in the middle of a stark landscape of lava fields, promised the ultimate in mind/body … Continue reading

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The Candy Man Can – cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good!

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The mechanical taffy pulling machine tops my list of things (like campfires, magicians, and the TV show “How it’s Made”) that are put on this earth to be stared at.  Taffy is not necessarily my favorite candy, but nothing can … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva #3 – Ashley’s own “Rooster Cogburn”

The maintenance man at any camp is a rare and fascinating creature.  For reasons known only to him a camp career is chosen, rather than a more profitable job in carpentry, utilities, or construction.  Perhaps he simply isn’t a very … Continue reading

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Down Here We Call it “The War of Northern Agression.”

“Well, that just dills my pickle!” – typical Southern-ism It’s easy to be a Southerner in the North.  Yankees love Southern accents and I always get a kick out of theirs.  They generally like my traditional cooking, provided I‘m not … Continue reading

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These Space Bags Better Freakin’ Hold

In some nomadic cultures, packing up one’s livelihood is second-nature, simply a part of life.  You wrap your items in a blanket, strap your baby in a papoose, put your yurt in your oxcart and off you go.  I know … Continue reading

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To conceive or not to conceive again… that is the question.

As a devoted follower of NPR and the reading recommendations of Tina Brown, I was intrigued by this morning’s review of an essay by Geoff Dyer entitled “On Being an Only Child.”  I wonder if the lack of siblings with … Continue reading

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