Author Archives: Beth Callahan

Some pictures for Cynthia

For blogging friend extraordinaire, Cynthia Reyes (.com), who I have walked some time in honor of during this hike, here are some pictures of Good Homes seen along the way in France and Spain: Tonight I’m in Llanes, which a … Continue reading

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Compte à Rebours: Chemin St Jacques, Le Puy route

It used to be that I left on trips delighted by the sound of rolling suitcase wheels and thrilled by the G-force of the plane’s liftoff into a new adventure.  Nowadays, I hoist my backpack and mutter to myself:  “Time … Continue reading

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Camino Portuguese with a side of London 2017

I know, I know……I’ve turned into a Camino bore.  The Hermitage has been very quiet all winter, as Hermitages should be.   The main activity has been working on getting a 62 year old body back into shape to do … Continue reading

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Re-Entry

Forgive me, for I have lapsed into hermit-ness again ……. it has been 9 months since my last post.  Thank you to anyone out there who still includes me in their Reader….on opening my own Reader today after such a long … Continue reading

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Protected: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Camino Santiago de Compostela (for women hiking it alone).

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Protected: Pilgrimage – Camino Santiago de Compostela

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Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

Creme de Menthe Parfait (explanation for people born after 1955…..). Occasionally someone in the small mountain town where I live these days mentions a local semi-secret restaurant reputed to serve extraordinary locally-sourced steaks.  Having managed to try every other local … Continue reading

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Anne Brigman – “The Bubble” (Nude by Waterpool)

The Bubble – Anne Brigman – 1910 This image caught my eye in a shop when I was in my mid-20’s.  I bought a print, and although I’d carried it with me wherever I moved through the years, I’d never … Continue reading

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Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Maybe like a lot of people you remember exactly where you were at the onset of the events of 9/11.  I was doing morning nursing rounds in a small rural hospital in Western Pennsylvania when one of my patients pointed … Continue reading

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Thailand, Land of Smiles – Part 6: Ayutthaya, Adversity, and the Nightmare Night Train to Chiang Mai

Wat Chai Wattanaram, Ayutthaya I’d gotten my ticket for the Night Train to Chiang Mai (kind of a romanticized tradition for travelers to Thailand) on the day I’d arrived in Bangkok to be sure to get a berth, and planned … Continue reading

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Thailand, Land of Smiles: Part 5 – Of Massage and the Shadier Side of Things

  For those who have never had a full Thai massage, especially one IN Thailand, a word of caution:  they can be incredibly painful.  Some sources will tell you that they’re supposed to be on the edge of  painfulness to … Continue reading

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Thailand, Land of Smiles – Part 4: The Ancient City, Bangkok

Grand Palace Compound On returning to Bangkok from Chiang Mai, I stayed in the Ancient City area along the Chao Phraya River.  Bangkok didn’t become the capital of Thailand until the 1780’s after the Burmese destroyed Ayutthaya, so it’s not precisely … Continue reading

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Mad Scientists

A confession:  I find Bill Nye the Science Guy kind of attractive.  I like his jaunty bowtie, his braininess, and his enthusiasm for his subject matter.  I thought maybe I just had quirky taste, but a young anthropologist from the … Continue reading

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And Now for Something Completely Different…….Kirtan

Several of you will no doubt have had exposure to Kirtan, but for those who haven’t heard it yet, I’m posting three of my favorites from this beautiful musical tradition.  I like at least SOME music from almost all musical traditions (excepting gansta rap, that … Continue reading

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Thailand: Land of Smiles, Part 3 – Bangkok Blues

Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Arriving at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, you’ll notice an unusual design element – the airport’s architects have included arches in the abstracted shape of the Ram Thai Crown from Thai traditional dance.  When you see them, that’s your cue to … Continue reading

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Still Life, Nursing 1918

This painting was recently returned to me after my father’s death a year ago.  It’s a still life of some of my grandmother’s belongings from when she was young …..an elegant, beaded dress in the background, a glove, and the … Continue reading

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Thailand: Land of Smiles, Part 2: Brave New World, A Very Long Flight, and Praise for the Singaporeans

The Singaporeans, Changi Airport, Singapore Getting to Thailand from the Eastern United States is best accomplished by begging your doctor for Sedative-Hypnotics finding 1.) the quickest route available that doesn’t land you in Bangkok after the metro closes for the night or … Continue reading

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Thailand: Land of Smiles, Land of …… what alternate universe is this? Part 1, Introduction

Hopefully these posts on Thailand travel won’t earn me some Tedious Blogger of the Week award, because I do value you, my blogging friends, and would not want to bore you to tears.  To spare both of us,  I’m breaking … Continue reading

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From the Arlington

This painting was started many years ago after I’d taken an apartment near the city hospital trauma unit where I worked 12-hour+ night shifts.  I considered that time period “Self Storage”, and although it was an exhausted, stressful time, it … Continue reading

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Kittens vs. Guns

VS. It occured to me a few days ago that a good way to stave off winter solitude might be to adopt a kitten from the county Humane Society.   A positive thing, you might think, especially since the shelter … Continue reading

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Francophilia

Montmartre, 2000 It began innocuously enough.  I was on an Edith Wharton binge – for those unfamiliar with her writing, she uses French phrases as if she assumes her readers would sans aucun doute know precisely what she was saying.  I … Continue reading

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Protected: It’s OK about that handtowel thing…..

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Mon Oncle D’Amerique

Here’s an odd little story from a time after I’d finished my first degree and had taken a job close to New York City . It was early 1981 and on days off from my job in Connecticut, I’d Amtrak … Continue reading

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Please Leave Me!

Daily Prompt: Musical Marker:  We all have songs that remind us of specific periods & events in our lives.  Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014? About two weeks ago while searching for another … Continue reading

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Daily Prompt: Middle Seat (What to do about those chatty seatmates) – Air Canada, Flight 9099

Opening Susan Cain’s “Quiet:  The Power of Introverts” worked well on a few flights to deter potentially chatty seatmates.  I chose window seats on the left side entering the plane, which had the added advantage of placing both my seatmate and … Continue reading

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Excerpts From A Mental Health History

Nope, this post isn’t about MY mental health, although some might argue that it warrants attention.  It’s more a comparison between my original experiences working in mental health in the early 1980’s and more recent ones. I have fond memories of the old days working … Continue reading

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Acceptance and the Art of Home Renovation – (or, Lessons I Learned From My Crack House)

I lived in a rubble-heap for two years.  The good part:  I’d bought a place that was mine to do with as I wished, and it was on a good block in a charming  town.  And when you buy what … Continue reading

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26 Things to Consider Before Making Your First Move to a Small Town…..

The most serious thing in this post is that I do LOVE where I live, and although have been in different cultures and different places, right here in this beautiful mountain town is exactly where I want to be.  I’m … Continue reading

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