Homework Management: Make Time to Play

Professional truants love playing hooky with our kids. But even we pros know we have to send our children to school. So we optimize playing hooky time with a good homework management system. Because our kids have a ton of work–just read experts like Donna Goldberg,... read more

Iceland Thrills

Part of spending 12 days of touring Iceland with your 12-year-old means adding in some extra thrills geared for kids (big ones as well as little ones), and that can be anything from zodiac rides around icebergs to a 70-kilometer per hour snow machine sprint on a... read more

Iceland Contrasts: Boiling Mud and More Rainbows

What is wild is the contrasting scenery we see in the course of a mid-day drive during Day Two of our visit to Myvatn and the area just beyond it. First, Grjotagja, a steaming underground grotto (once a “hot pot” where locals soaked until shifting streams... read more

This Morning’s Run on the Edge of Vatnajokull

The Vatnajokull glacier is in the mountains behind me, beyond that, Bardarbunga is starting to erupt. But here, on on Iceland’s main road, Route 1, it’s quiet. Just me, with a few sheep as my running partners, and the vastness of the southern part of... read more

Whale Watching in Husavik

Not everyone in my family loves the sea. “Eat all of your corn flakes,” says my husband to our 12-year-old at breakfast before we head off to board our Zodiac, “so you’ll have something to throw up.” But, this trip, no worries. We have... read more

Where We Wish We Had Stayed

We keep seeing really cute places where we are not staying and wish we were. Here are three. All are farms, two have horseback riding (which means you can get up and go see the horses in the morning) and two have killer restaurants, at which we ate. And enjoyed... read more

Thermal Pools and Disco Slides

“Shower naked.” That’s the mantra at Icelandic thermal pools. They are serious about keeping them clean! None of this rinse-off-in-the-shower-with-your-suit-on-before-you-get-in-the-pool stuff. We’ve been hitting ’em since Day One, when... read more

From Glaciers to Coastal Walks

From Reykjavik we headed north and west to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula; here are a few highlights. Among other things, we happen up on a marker about Axlar Bjorn, Iceland’s only serial killer, a 16th-century farmer who took in travelers and robbed and murdered... read more

Environmental Thoughts

On our way to Thingvellir (to see Geysir and Gullfoss) we pick up two hitchhikers who, it turns out, had just attended the biennial International Society for Ecological Economics. On the road, we admire a rainbow, stop for a photo op  (hope you can see it at left) and... read more

Oops

#inspiredbyiceland and the way our car “hatches” its spare like an egg!! So glad we bought tire insurance! Also bought sandstorm insurance. Wonder if that’s... read more

Resist Inertia.

Fight Routine.

Play Hooky.