Round trip to Chennai, India this winter, including business class one way, for $200!

It would have cost $8131! How did I do it?  The long and winding road of big fat frequent flyer miles, obtained by opening credit cards and spending money quickly.  I had no idea!  Thanks to my travel guru, Pam, I learned that people fly all around the world for almost free by opening and closing credit cards that offer big miles bonuses.  It’s her … Continue reading Round trip to Chennai, India this winter, including business class one way, for $200!

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center- my spiritual home (enjoy this slide show)

I’ve been blessed to live so close to Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, a Buddhist retreat center in SW Washington.  I drive up the crunchy gravel road to this rustic, woodland center and breathe deeply of quiet, green, and home.  The Center offers primarily vippassana retreats, with a smattering of other Buddhist and spiritual lineages.  This Theravada tradition is what I call “the Buddha’s basic teachings … Continue reading Cloud Mountain Retreat Center- my spiritual home (enjoy this slide show)

Loving Columbia Ecovillage, my cohousing community

I made a great choice to buy a condo at Columbia Ecovillage in Northeast Portland.  I was lonely, tired of the American dream of the single family home, and ready to experiment with community living.  I took a tour of several communities sponsored by a national Co-housing Association and immediately fell in love with the land, gardens and feel of this almost-4-acre property, with farmhouse and … Continue reading Loving Columbia Ecovillage, my cohousing community