Oh hello. How are you? What have you been up to? Me, it seems that I took the summer off, but I didn’t forget about this blog. I’m back, and I wanted to introduce you to the revamped Wonder & Sundry.

I’ve missed you! Let’s catch up in the comments!

Annnnnnnddddd Wonder & Sundry’s back (and revamped!)

That was a longer break than I’d intended. I got caught up in the heady early days of summer when it seemed like we’d put the pandemic behind us, and then, I’ll admit that I got discouraged and angry when it became apparent that Covid hadn’t finished with us. Add that to the seemingly unrelenting tide of bad news and the coming twentieth anniversary of 9/11 (my birthday), I struggled a bit.

A bit of a struggle

I tried to write posts here and there. I wrote one at the beginning of the summer about my thrilling first day in Chile a few years ago after not being able to travel for a time. Then, as I went to update the links, I read that Covid was ravaging the country and that the uprising (and subsequent police abuse) continued over massive income inequality in the years since Pinochet’s rule. Chile was on the US State Department’s Do Not Travel list. Travel tips just didn’t seem appropriate.

There were other posts similarly reconsidered. And then I just decided to leave things for a bit and do a little thinking.

Boston Light, considered the oldest lighthouse in the Americas, off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Talking about it

Something about this strange time has brought about deeper discussions, honest ones, about how all of this feels. I’ve talked about that Dutch kid trying to hold back a flood, and I how I feel like that, only there are a thousand cracks.

Cracks I can’t fix. And my friends can’t, either. And, neither, likely, can you. Good friends reminded me that we need to do what we can, when we can. Then, we live our lives. And we don’t forget to wonder.

Charles River, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Remembering what Wonder & Sundry was all about

I started this blog in difficult times, because I believe that there are almost always ways to find wonder if we know how to look. This summer was hard, but it also had a lot of wonder.

Swimming as the sun set on the solstice. Hugging my nephew and nieces. Hugging my vaccinated friends. Venturing out on a whale watch on one of the hottest days of the year and seeing fourteen (!) whales. Long walks with Ollie. Jaws and the original Star Wars trilogy. The best blueberries. Special dinners made entirely with ingredients grown within a hundred miles of my home.

Introducing the Revamped Wonder & Sundry

It’s time to bring back Wonder & Sundry, not just to help you find wonder in your world, but to remind me that it’s here, too. So, I’m back, and I’ve been busy.

There was a lot going on here

In case you hadn’t noticed, I have a lot of interests. A lot of blogs focus on just one or two niches, but I’m just not that kind of gal. I want it all. And sundry.

That works for me, and, if you were following along, perhaps it works for you, too. However, maybe you’re just hungry, and you want a recipe without having to read though a whole post to get it. Or want to build a morning rituals practice for yourself. Maybe you live in a small space, or you’re looking for your next holiday destination.

If that’s you, then weeding through all the wonder might have proven exhausting. Well, my friend, I thought of you, and I whipped something up.

The new Wonder & Sundry

I’m going to keep blogging on topics that interest me, but I’ve revamped Wonder & Sundry the site to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Each section (I’ll get to those in a minute) now has a landing page. There’s a link to all the relevant posts, as well as highlighted content, resources, and related subscriber goodies.

It’s a work in progress

Some of these, like Travel, are very much works in progress. I’ve decided to make official a section called Engage, where I’ll try to grapple with difficult issues, with practical actions (we do what we can to help). Watch this space.

Some things remain the same

The Wonder & Sundry blog (linked in the menu) remains the same and will form the basis for the sections as it grows. If you were along for the sundry ride, I didn’t forget you!

And here’s how it all comes together

I changed things up with the sections, and, without further ado, here they are. If you want to check one out, just click on the section.

W&S Blog

Want the latest posts or just want to see what this is all about? Head on over to the Wonder & Sundry blog.

Roast Spatchcocked Chicken and Cabbage

Eat

Let's Eat! Recipes, food stories, and how to make a festive solo dinner. Check out the Wonder & Sundry Recipe Box!

Nest

Small space living, solo living, working from home in these strange times, travel nests, and more. Bring on the color!

Weiner Risenrad, Vienna, which I rode to shake off jet lag. Gray skies and the iconic red cars.

Travel

Get your wanderlust on! Look for this to grow as we finally get past the pandemic, including travel guides and solo female travel.

Balance

Build a daily rituals practice focused on what's most important to you. Take long walks with your senses (and hopefully a dog!).

Engage

Big issues, practical action. Work to help create a just and sustainable world. Current topics, and the new series Do Something.

See

Photography themed posts, a gallery of some of my favorite snaps from around the blog, and freebies for subscribers.

Sundries

Some things defy categorization (like my Ollie), and you'll find them here. You'll also find all freebies for subscribers here.

W&S Blog

Want the latest posts or just want to see what this is all about? Head on over to the Wonder & Sundry blog.

Balance

Build a daily rituals practice focused on what's most important to you. Take long walks with your senses (and hopefully a dog!).

Roast Spatchcocked Chicken and Cabbage

Eat

Let's Eat! Recipes, food stories, and how to make a festive solo dinner. Check out the Wonder & Sundry Recipe Box!

Engage

Big issues, practical action. Work to help create a just and sustainable world. Current topics, and the new series Do Something.

Nest

Small space living, solo living, working from home in these strange times, travel nests, and more. Bring on the color!

See

Photography themed posts, a gallery of some of my favorite snaps from around the blog, and freebies for subscribers.

Weiner Risenrad, Vienna, which I rode to shake off jet lag. Gray skies and the iconic red cars.

Travel

Get your wanderlust on! Look for this to grow as we finally get past the pandemic, including travel guides and solo female travel.

Sundries

Some things defy categorization (like my Ollie), and you'll find them here. You'll also find all freebies for subscribers here.

Thank you for reading. I’m sorry I was gone for so long. I hope you like the changes. Please let me know what you think in the comments.