Graywanderings is a simple collection of writing about traveling our world with a gratefulness for the people, places, communities and food that I encounter along the way. My wanderings take me locally near my home in Colorado and to where I grew up in California, or they take me a bit farther to dear friends in New England or to an organic indigenous farm in the Philippines.
When the muse moves me, I offer some thoughts and images from a recent trip that savors and celebrates the best of life: humanity, culture, nature. Happiness only matters when shared, so I hope my readers wander with me occasionally for a few minutes to a far away land or to some thought-provoking familiar moment.
Thanks, Matt, for getting out there and writing back to us. Safe travels. I’ll buy you a beer in Denver when you get back.
Loved your stories, enjoy and be safe. Love, aunt Pam
Your Dad shared your most recent blog entry on Travel bug and it certainly struck a note, despite my recent return from Nepal. While trekking I read and reread (6 times) a book by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher entitled “You Are Here” which if you have not read I would highly recommend. It speaks to living in the present moment and appreciating where you are. Our society doesn’t often allow for us to be present in the moment because so many of our concerns past and future constantly intrude, but this little book of simple Buddhist mindfulness helped make what would just have been a vacation, a truly physical and spiritual journey- one I have not just tucked away but that I continue to live even now that I am home. Hope to talk with you sometime about the trip.
Thanks, Anna! As you’ll see over the next few weeks, this a theme I’m planning on exploring in a few different ways. I haven’t read that book by Thich Nhat Hanh, but I certainly have read his other texts and I enjoy his approach.
If you’re interested, I’m actively recruiting writers for my guest writer series on this blog. I’m looking for 400 – 800 word stories about travel adventures and those thought-provoking moments. If you have a story or a reflection from your trip that you would like to share, it might be something to consider. Look forward to catching up otherwise.
Great blog.I wish I’d found you sooner! Thanks, Jane
Thanks for reading! Only been at it for a year, so you’re just in time. I hope you continue to enjoy.