Tuesday, March 10, 2009


After a solid week of tropical and subtropical weather, we arrived back on Saturday evening. Chicago does not look the same after our trip, and our tans are rather incongruent with the Chicago weather. We had a remarkable time. We snorkeled, sunbathed, read, beach combed, went on nature excursions, shopped, etc. I am proud to say that I nearly perfected the art of capturing lizards by hand, and I caught two (never mind the five that got away). I also was able to capture hermit crabs and intimately explore seashore fauna on a secluded rocky beach area.

I also had gualty time for thought and reading. I finished two books (The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan and God's Problem by Bart Ehrman) and cherry-picked three chapters out of another (Sacramental Commons by Hart). These books along with my cultural, biological, and geological observations and gatherings made this trip sort of a like a microcosm of the voyage of the Beagle. I look forward to sharing a number of my meditations as soon as I regain control of my school work and the domestic front.

The house and all inhabitants were found in pristine condition upon our arrival home. Again, thank you Philo for offering to house and pet sit last week. I am now trying to attend to sandy laundry while hanging on the lingering scent of sunscreen saturation.


  1. Thank you for the update. Great picture of the two of you. You both look very happy together.

    I look forward to reading your meditations in days to come.

  2. Hey Tandi,

    thank you for the comment about the picture. My school semester is now in high gear, and my blogging time has fallen in priority. Fortunately, I have some easy thoughts to share, but the time just has not been presenting itself. Today it's working on my professional teacher portfolio, getting a background check, stopping by the teacher store, finishing laundry, and cleaning house. This may not sound like a lot, but it is after coming off of the pace from last week. It is so odd for me yet to think that just two weeks ago we were taking off for Miami at this time, and just last week at this time I was on the beach soaking in the sun in the Bahamas. Oh well...for another day.

  3. Sounds like an awesome trip! :)