Practicing Gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving, and as I write, I am thinking about my blessings.  I want to put front and center anyone who reads this post. Thank you for being part of my life and for caring enough to pay a visit!  Gratitude for every blessing every day, and realizing how myriad they are, is the biggest life enhancer—and extender— any of us can hope for.  May we all come to next Thanksgiving with awareness of how much more richness this upcoming year has brought.


North to Alaska

I am very excited about my first ever Alaska assignments as a cruise lecturer!  I will be doing back-to-back cruises next August on Seabourn Sojourn,  one from Vancouver to Seward (port for Anchorage) leaving on August 6, 2018, and returning to Vancouver from Seward, beginning August 17.

Wow!  What a learning curve, preparing talks on amazing people like John Muir and Jack London, and one on Gold Rush women. I’m also fulfilling a desire I have had for a few years to do a talk on the search for the Northwest Passage. And of course several of the most interesting and colorful indigenous cultures are in Alaska. And the Russians, and…and…..

Take a  few deep breaths, Laurel. You have time—

—Not. I am so loaded up in 2018 and early 2019 already that I need to get ready for next August now. Happy as a clam ( or maybe a king crab?) with this great new project. Actually I think I am probably a lot happier than mollusks and crustaceans. Hope you are too!