A hearty Happy Holidays to you! For me, you could say it’s been a year of continuing – and also reclaiming – traditions! In that spirit, I herewith uphold my tradition of recapping the year in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas style – hope you enjoy! Greetings all! It’s that time (and I’ll strive to […]

Greetings! And a happy Veterans Day as we in the US let those who’ve served in the military know how much they mean! Also, after spending a fair number of November days in Canada (while playing recreation ice hockey!), I’ve picked up the habit of observing Remembrance Day as well, and honoring those who gave […]

Greetings! Or, you know – BOO! Tacking on a lower case “boo” as well since I have to sheepishly admit that due to some recent and unexpected tricks, my post about an almost-but-not-quite brush with Queen Elizabeth some years ago is not yet ready to publish… I refuse to entertain the idea that this delay […]

So Mum just shared an article from her University of Wisconsin alumni magazine about a canoe they pulled up from the bottom of Lake Mendota. Why was this news? As a reminder not to drink and paddle? An example of good j-strokes gone bad? Nope. It’s because the canoe turned out to be 1,200 years […]

Woohooooo!!! What a feeling!! After two and a half years of staying put, I finally got away on a trip! Before Covid hit, I was in the midst of forming a happy habit of meeting friends each summer at a camp near Pinecrest Lake in Northern California. And how sweet it was to take up […]

Okay, I’m kind of a daydreamer as it is. But over this last week, I’ve had my head in an extra cloud – THE cloud, actually, where my digital photos reside! I haven’t marked or tagged them – which means when I need, say, pics for a post about whale watching (which this one will […]

Hey, Happy Almost 4th of July! I expect lots of us in the US are heading out this long weekend to enjoy life, be at liberty from work, and happily pursue some deep Independence Day discounts! There will be picnicking and barbecuing, parades and band concerts, and whether it’s an orchestrated extravaganza or an unsanctioned […]

“Saw much of character of Malta with all of its arid countryside, cactus, etc. Prehistoric ruins that were among the oldest ever discovered. Difficult to understand lunch – nearly drank the olive oil!” According to Mark Twain in The Innocents Abroad: ”If you wish to inflict a heartless and malignant punishment upon a young person, […]

Man, I am so forgetful these days… I cannot recall the official term for that thing – you know the thing where you hear a new word or see a thing once, and then it keeps appearing over and over and over again in your life? Whatever that is, it happened to me in April. […]

Heads up to any fellow Angelenos! There’s road work on Barham Blvd. near the Cahuenga Pass (til June…) and it’s really tying things up! For the curious outside of LA, the Pass is a busy cut through a low point in the Santa Monica Mountains that connects the San Fernando Valley side with the Hollywood/Downtown […]