Mingle at The Green Study Summer Social

canstockphoto10226535During the month of August, while I take a break from writing scintillating and not-at-all researched blog posts, I’ll be introducing some bloggers to you. A few of them have been kicking around awhile in the blogosphere and others are brand shiny new, but I’m delighted to make introductions.

If you would like to be introduced to readers in the month of August, please read this post for guidelines. To keep my homework manageable, I’ll be introducing 3 blogs each week, so if you’ve requested an introduction and are not yet in this post, I’ve just made you stand in a virtual queue. What a jerk, right? Keep your eyes peeled in the following weeks – you’ll be there. Because you’re special and I like you. Now get back in line.


Meet Ellen Hawley at Notes from the U.K.:

The header I liberally copied off of Ellen’s blog. I’ll give it back, I promise.

I’m an American living in Britain. I blog about the spidery corners of the culture, the stuff tourist brochures ignore, and general intercultural mayhem.

Calling a cat in two cultures: http://notesfromtheuk.com/2015/06/19/cross-cultural-cat-calling-how-americans-call-a-cat-in-britain/

On being a writer pulled by two vocabularies: http://notesfromtheuk.com/2015/07/14/does-my-vocabulary-look-british-in-this/

Low crimes and petty misdemeanors in Britain: http://notesfromtheuk.com/2015/07/17/crime-in-britain/

Ellen was polite in not mentioning the three books that she’s published, so check out her About page to find out more about those.


Meet Pheonix at Struggling to Thrive: A parent’s journey raising a Failure to Thrive child.

Another header swiped. Pheonix is a relatively new blogger. Maybe she won’t notice.

I specifically started my blog for the purpose of sharing my experiences as a special needs mom. When my son first had his feeding tube placed around three months old I had an impossible time finding resources and support. I had no idea there were so many children without a diagnosis who have feeding tubes. I felt completely alone when I realized the feeding tube was here to stay for a while. So, that’s my best foot forward. There’s a little more in my, “About Me.”

Here’s a sampling of posts to share with you:

The Importance of Personal Best

A Special Needs Mom’s Never Ending Battle with Feelings of Inadequacy

Eating Out with a Tubie

I’m so glad that there are blogs like this one out there. So often our life experiences feel unique, isolating and at times, unbearable. Blogging is a great big “You are not alone!” and helps us find each other.


Meet Alison and Don at Adventures in Wonderland ~ a pilgrimage of the heart:

Adventures in Wonderland
Alison and Don strike me as really nice people. Hopefully, they don’t mind me borrowing their picture. Although it would look great next to my velvet hanging of “Dogs Playing Poker”.

When I, Alison, was 61, and Don, my husband, was 69, we sold our car and apartment, and sold or gave away all our furniture and other possessions. We felt we had no other authentic option as to how to live our lives. We certainly had no other financial option. It came down to ‘have a home or have a life’. Since that time four years ago we have been travelling the world as intentionally-homeless nomads. It has been the most rewarding, challenging and enlivening thing we have ever done. Our blog is the ongoing story of our journey, both inner and outer, a mixture of travel stories from around the world, and the inner changes and adjustments that this lifestyle has compelled us to make.

Three posts to share:

Together twenty-four seven

Empire of the Sun God: Machu Picchu and Pisac, Peru

Tent City: the Mela at the Pushkar Camel Fair, India

After reading their website for the last couple of years, I was extra delighted when they did a live interview at Huffpo. I’m just a little bit in love with them. Perhaps it’s because in middle age, I’m starting to wonder what is down the road for me. When I read about their adventures, it fills me with hope and longing. And I think that’s a good thing.


Thank you to the participating bloggers for taking the time to share a little with the readers here.

There’s more to come next week! If you’d like to be introduced, please read this post.

9 thoughts on “Mingle at The Green Study Summer Social

  1. Thanks so much for doing this–and for including me. I’ve been working my way through the comments this morning and wondering where the new people came from. Now I know. Thanks again. It’s a generous thing to do, and a very graceful way to do it.

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