Day 27: Arzua – Santiago de Compostela

The day we’ve been working so hard for has arrived.  This day will be the one when we arrive in Santiago, receive our Compostela, and cease our daily walking.  In that, it is bittersweet. For me, the impulse to walk the Camino de Santiago was never really about seeing Santiago or earning a Compostela.  I …

Costumes and Uniforms

It’s ironic on a number of levels that I’ve ended up calling Salem, Massachusetts home for the better part of my adult life.  Most ironic perhaps because this Southern Baptist preacher’s kid who’s never been trick-or-treating now finds himself in the Halloween capital of the world. True, I attended the odd Harvest Fest dressed as …

power to the people

Last night I joined about a hundred fellow concerned citizens including councilor-at-large candidate Darek Barcikowski to discuss the future of the Salem Power Plant. This 63 acre site primely located on Salem’s waterfront has been an eye sore, health hazard and political lightening rod since its beginning.  Now, it’s finally been slated for closure in …