Category Archives: Adventure

Radio Silence

Hello, my name is Maddie, and I haven’t been on a vacation in two. years. It all started so innocently, with the wrapping-up of two delicious weeks in Hawaii in 2008, where I devoured tuna steaks and soaked in the ocean air like it was my job. But the next May brought with it a […]

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Not Enough Chicago

A few weeks ago, I flew home for a fleeting 28 hours. It was all I could spare without using a vacation day, and believe me when I say: it was not enough Chicago. No, it wasn’t enough Chicago at all. But it was just enough time to make me remember why I missed the […]

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The Fabric of Our Days

It seems only appropriate to end these tales of Blueberry Week in Maine. It’s full-on August now, and some of my best Augusts were spent there as a teenager, in a little house on Lake Sebago. And it’s no surprise that blueberries—like those other Maine delicacies, lobster and maple syrup—figure prominently into my favorite recollections […]

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Feels Like Home

Nowadays, home is a word with an increasingly flexible definition. It means Wilmette, whose geography is etched into my nervous system, and Chicago, where I’ve always loved getting lost. It means Los Angeles, where a gaggle of family (and might-as-well-be-family) members have settled. And home now means Virginia, whether we’re talking about my current town […]

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Eat a Peach

On road trips, I’m decidedly not the navigator. My boyfriend likes to pore over maps like he’s reading a novel; I look at them bemusedly as a sea of pretty dots and squiggles, pieces of art somehow but not really legible. And while he braces himself uncomfortably behind the wheel, confronting each turn as a […]

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