China, Family Style – Day One

China, Family Style – Day One

It was not a typical Spring Break vacation choice, but flights to Shanghai are cheap, China is unexplored territory, and we love soup dumplings, so why not try something different? After a 14 hour flight (of which we slept two), we floated into Shanghai via the...
Slice Of Sicily, Part Two

Slice Of Sicily, Part Two

It was dark when I woke, except for one hopeful, gauzy slice of light sliding under the bedroom’s thick, wooden shutters. The boys were stirring, snuggling up before becoming aware that home was far away and unexplored territory awaited outside. I unhooked the heavy...
Slice Of Sicily, Part One

Slice Of Sicily, Part One

  From the air, the island of Sicily looks like a giant, three-dimensional puzzle piece, its varied edges fitting perfectly into a turquoise ocean.  Black calderas formed by ancient volcanic explosions thrust their hollowed tops toward the sky and hunched cliffs...