Category Family

Venice!

Fifteen years since I first came to Venice. I’m no longer a college student (too poor to do more than read Great Expectations on the piazza while other people ate dinner), but the city is still just as magical. 

Towers, churches, and polenta dolce in Bergamo’s Citta Alta

I’m in Italy this weekend with my twin sister, Heather, and her husband and in-laws. The in-laws are living in Milan as mission presidents, but they took a break from presidential duties to show us around. We started out this morning with a stop in Bergamo, where we spent an hour or so exploring the […]

Horses and creeks and rocks and sticks and cousins!

This is the stuff Huntsville memories are made of.

Grandpa Davis

One week ago today Jack J Davis, my grandfather and namesake — the original JJD — passed away.  He was 93. His obituary, which I have copied below, highlights much of what he will be remembered for:  His military service, his remarkable medical career, his even more remarkable dedication to caring for my grandmother during […]

Seattle for the Fourth – Legos!

When we went to bed after the fireworks on the 4th of July, I told my parents that we didn’t have any fixed itinerary for the next day, so they were free to take all the time they wanted in the morning and we’d figure out what to do with the rest of the day […]

Seattle for the Fourth – Independence Day

The Fourth of July last year was blazing hot.  This year?  Not so much:  Chilly and grey, with patches of rain.  Apparently this is how the Pacific Northwest “does summer.”  But being the good Americans we are, we celebrated our independence — weather be damned! We caught a late-morning ferry to Bainbridge Island, where Justin’s […]

Seattle for the Fourth – Lunch in Victoria

Victoria, BC, is normally a quick boat ride from Seattle — in under 3 hours you can go from downtown Seattle to the Inner Harbor in the most British of Canadian cities.  Three hours on a good day, that is.  Shortly after boarding our captain announced that we’d be taking a “weather route” due to […]