The Olympics are almost here!  The Olympics are almost herrre!  And one of my favorite things to do every even-numbered year is to kick back for two glorious weeks and watch other people achieve! I have to admit though that, just like when I wrote about the Games four years ago (in “The Citius, Altius, Fortius […]

Happy New Year!  So has everyone survived the holidays?  My season was full to the brim with planning, shopping, parties, events and a week-long road trip – plus two get-togethers that gave me a much-needed opportunity to slow down and appreciate life in the midst of very hectic times. I attended two teas. Tea and […]

A Merry December to you!  Thought I’d attempt (in the style of the Night Before Christmas poem as I did for last December) to give a rhyming wrap-up of my recent travels and adventures, working backward through the year!  Also in keeping with my last effort, there’s not a New Year’s resolution in sight… Here […]

I slumbered while we cruised the Dardanelles… I can’t believe it’s already (nearly) November! And within this eleventh month is the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day” – a time and date set aside to mark the end of World War I.  As the distance between us and that moment nears a century and several […]

Scale is the subject of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge!  And it spurred me to offer my “perspective” on an area in which I think I need a bit of work… For instance – any idea what this is? At a glance, it might seem like some idle scribblings in the dirt.  Or the work of […]

What a season full of disasters it’s been… Earthquakes.  Fires.  Hurricanes.  My heart goes out to all those affected.  And my own experience seems trivial by comparison now, but I have to say my heart also missed a beat when the recent La Tuna fire – apparently, the biggest ever in the city of Los […]

Greetings!  The latest weekly WordPress Photo Challenge of Layered made me think of this photo from a recent trip to Columbia, California.  It’s a shot of an old blacksmith shop and it speaks to me not just of a moment in time but of a moment in history too! Columbia State Historic Park is a lovingly preserved example […]