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 […]

So as it seems to happen with my always beloved but oft beset Olympics, I had real concerns going into watching the recent Winter Games – political and pandemical ones this time. Almost before the Olympic Flame went out at their close, I was proved right on the political front (my heart goes out to […]

Happy New Year, everybody! Oh wait – Guess the year’s not quite “new” anymore. And it hasn’t been altogether “happy” either (I swear, if I never hear the word “variant” again, it’ll still be too soon…).  But hey – I’m gonna lob one more hearty “Happy 2022” out there, anyhow, just for good measure! A […]

Happy 2022, all!  Have to own I’m getting distracted from this post by a pretty rare phenomenon occurring outside –  It’s raining. Yup! Song lyrics aside, it does rain in Southern California (a little…) to make lawns lush, freeways flooded, and drivers dumb. While still taking a raincheck on any trips these days, I’m content […]