Courage is not the opposite of fear
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by Sherry Chidwick
1d ago
“Ok. Wait. Auntie Sherry.” My nine-year-old niece interrupted my story with one outstretched hand to serve as a stop sign. With her other hand, she flicked her long, blonde hair off her shoulder. Then she narrowed her eyes and peered into the cavernous depths of my being. “On a scale of one to ten, how scared were you?” The question caught me off guard. My husband and I had just returned from three-months exploring Southeast Asia and we were recounting the story of the day we went caving in Vietnam—one of the most exciting days of his life and one of the most difficult days of mine. One to t ..read more
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The Rules (driving in southeast Asia)
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by Sherry Chidwick
1d ago
I don't make the rules, but I do try to live by them. 1. Move in a predictable, purposeful manner. 2. Yield to momentum. 3. Don't hit what is in front of you. 4. Toot your own horn for good, not evil. Our brains naturally seek to find order in chaos, right? This seems to be particularly true when, at second glance, the chaos appears to be highly functional. Chaos that works, of course, must not actually be chaos at all, but rather, something complicated we simply don't understand. Yet. That is why Andy and I have spent significant amounts of time over the last couple of months observing ..read more
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Because things can change in an instant
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by Sherry Chidwick
1d ago
Only one thing was certain. I needed to stop the bleeding. Then I could assess the damage. Direct pressure. But how much pressure, and for how long? That and so many other questions swirled in my suddenly scrambled brain, but at least I felt calm. Stop the bleeding first, then address the questions. Simple order of operations. I looked down and briefly let up on the pressure. Nope, not yet. It was not pretty. I had been nervous all day on the motor scooter. Yes, it was an incredibly simple and affordable way to tour that region of Thailand. We didn't even have to sign any papers this time ..read more
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Falling coconuts, prickly heat, and a run for the border
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by Sherry Chidwick
1d ago
I’m an imposter at a fancy hotel on the island of Borneo. Now there’s a sentence I never dreamed I’d ever write, at least not in a non-fiction account. But the sofa in the lobby here is comfortable, the air conditioning is straight outta Goldilocks—not too cold, not too hot—and the staff is well-mannered and discreet. Fortunately, no one is asking about my room number or the ugly purple-red patches of skin peeking out the ends of my pant legs. I had planned to read, but accidentally left my Kindle in my backpack, which is in storage for the day, so I am passing the time gazing out at the wat ..read more
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Honest reviews of four hotels and lodges plus ten restaurants we went to in Zambia
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by Sherry Chidwick
1y ago
“Zambia. Now where exactly is that?” This was the initial response we got from many people when we told them of our plans to take a two and a half week trip to Zambia. We explained it is a landlocked country in southern Africa, and that we have family there we’ve been wanting to go visit. Invariably, the next response was a wide-eyed, “You have family there?” Yes. My husband’s sister married a man from Zambia. All of his family is still there, and they were anxious for us to come for a visit. We jumped at the chance. Much of the visit was centered around treating my brother-in-law’s oldest sis ..read more
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Easter Awakening, 2019
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by Sherry Chidwick
1y ago
NOTE: This is a story I wrote at Paul's Pancake Parlor in Missoula, Montana, on Easter Sunday in 2019, when Andy's father was still living, but had recently had life-saving brain surgery. * * * Paul’s Pancake Parlor, table for one, is not my idea of a fabulous Easter dinner, but Easter is different this year. Brain surgery tends to change everything. The Easters of my childhood started early in the morning with cheap chocolate bunnies, gluey jellybeans, and bland hard-boiled eggs with bits of brightly colored shell still clinging to them stubbornly like crunchy confetti. After our traditional ..read more
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A Tale of Three Brothers
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by Sherry Chidwick
1y ago
Two of Nina’s uncles taught her that the key to happiness is selflessness. Her father, their other brother, taught her just the opposite. A few nights ago, we again chatted with Nina, a waitress who has served us at least twice at the Lolo Peak Brewery in Lolo, Montana. She is thoughtful and kind, a bright individual and a wonderful conversationalist. In between customers, we asked her if she would tell us something she has learned over the years that has made a difference in her life, or something she wishes other people knew. When she returned to our table during a lull, she was bubbling ove ..read more
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What We Gonna Do Today, Brain?
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by Sherry Chidwick
1y ago
One of my favorite television programs from my early adult years was a cartoon called Pinky and the Brain. The simple premise is this: two mice--one of them with skills and ambition--attempt to escape from a laboratory after the researchers have gone home for the night. Every episode starts with Pinky bouncing around, happy-go-lucky and clueless, asking Brain the same question and receiving the same calculated answer. "What we gonna do tonight, Brain?" "The same thing we do every night, Pinky--try to take over the world." Given the option, I am confident Brain would have chosen a more skilled ..read more
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Of Crazy Clothes and Campers, Fish Frys and Fair Trade Festivals: A Love Story (Part 3/10)
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by Sherry Chidwick
1y ago
(for Part 1, click here) Our life together has never been exactly typical for our cultural and socio-economic background. In our 29 years of marriage, we have lived in twenty different domiciles, in seven different cities, in four different states, in places and situations so unique they deserved names to commemorate them: the Bea-Ch House, the Love Shack, the Treehouse, the Homestead, the Loft, The House on Mango Street, and more recently, the Cat Scat COVID Special, as well as several iterations of travel trailers and fifth wheels. Between us, we have driven at least 30 different used cars ..read more
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So I did a little research...
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by Andy Chidwick
1y ago
Ok, well that's an understatement. I did a LOT of research, and have come to a difficult decision -- I am going to build our camper, including the walls, from scratch. I certainly didn't make this decision quickly or on an impulse. On the contrary, Over many months and with much deliberation, I have weighed many variables including expense, quality, timeframe, aesthetics, material characteristics, availability of resources and construction skills, etc. I have spent countless hours in online research and have traveled thousands of miles to visit different companies that could provide quality ma ..read more
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