Grenen

Grenen

  Grenen is white, blue, green, light, empty space, spotless sky. Cold sand, violent, clashing sea. A baby seal. A blanket in the sun. End of Denmark, end of the world.  ___ Day 2, Skagen, Denmark (Saturday) Grenen, the northernmost tip of Denmark, was a quick, paved ride from Skagen center past heather fields and [...]

Skagen

Skagen

  Skagen is bright, white, yellow houses, red. Red roofs, red on the harbor, a red lamp. Old pinewood floors and a pink hydrangea bush. Guitar band and Danish dancing. Those Were the Days. Cool and quiet. Lit-up-see-through-houses at night. Bursts of light.  Soft and cold sand is wet. A double rainbow over red roofs [...]

Ravenscar

Ravenscar

  Wild Ravenscar, seal colony, seawalk, cliffs and sky. Green, rock. Almost entirely alone. Empty space. A challenging walk. A breathtaking view.  Slow down. Space. Wild country. Nature and us. ___ Day 2, Yorkshire Coast Trip Last stop of our Yorkshire Coast trip, another detour on our drive home. Ravenscar is a super small village, [...]

Whitby

Whitby

  Whitby. Quaint, classic English seaside. Timeless. Town pier. Abandoned abbey. One hundred and ninety nine steps. Layers and layers of literary, economic history. The abbey is 1600+ years old. The abbey inspired parts of Dracula. The abbey was home to the first known English language poet. And the Romans minded jet here. Captain Cook [...]

Staithes

Staithes

  Wild Yorkshire, moors and coast. Burnt orange, sand, the green of the coastal path. An old cottage, a zillion stars. The tide is gone and back again. Everything changes in hours, nothing changes at all. With our friends, here, in this beautiful, quiet place.  ___ Day 1, Yorkshire Coast Trip We left Cambridge late [...]

2019 Reading List

My reading list for 2019 - one fiction, nonfiction, and poetry book a month for a year. A mix of classics, foreign authors, poetry, history, economics, philsophy. My favorites (what I tell people they must read): (1) Second Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievic, (2) Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting From [...]