About

The great home of the soul is the open road.

–D.H. Lawrence

I’m interested in change, metamorphosis, exploring the shifts along the path. Some change falls in our laps, others we seek out. Some is challenging, others a thrilling or terrifying ride. I strive to embrace change, and live a little deeper, a bit wider, somewhat louder, definitely more fully.

I made my big change in 2014. My second grandchild’s arrival was imminent, and both children landed in the same city 1000 miles away from me. It was time to join them. My husband and I left our home town of 32 years to create a new adventure. We packed up a life, and made the complicated shift over many stressful and challenging months.

I re-invented and re-oriented myself to new surroundings, experiencing a journey that went from scary to surprising, from confusing to creative – but mostly fun.

Why a blog? To notice, examine, and puzzle it all out. Then write write write. And finally, after so many years of scribbling privately in notebooks, putting it out for others to read. Overcoming discomfort and fear is for me, the ultimate metamorphosis. My hope is that this will resonate with your own story, perhaps make you laugh or cry (or both), or help you discover some new territory.

Here you’ll find essays on a range of topics – whatever interests me: grandparenting, exploring the Pacific Northwest (hiking and travel), retirement, transformation, family, seasons, bird watching, gardening, music, writing, the pandemic, and perspectives on aging, life, and death. (The Categories button on the right will help you find what you’re looking for.) And on my BookStack page, you’ll find short reviews of what I’ve read.

Thanks for joining me! You can subscribe and follow me, share with others what you find interesting, and please comment, sharing your own journey with me. I love knowing that someone out there is reading what I write.

Thanks for being here!

Nancy Friedland

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Moving a life in 80 boxes. And a big truck.