Category SLICE O’ LIFE BITS

Ghost Towns: The Dreams of the Mother Lode Bit

(1848 – Gold is discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California.) Once or twice a year, I used to road trip with friends from Los Angeles to Las Vegas – and two things would invariably happen. First, I wouldn’t get rich playing the slots and would have to road trip straight back to work.  And second, […]

The “Casting to the Rise” Bit

So before the summer comes to an end, I’m turning things over to a great authority (perhaps the greatest, in my unbiased opinion) to expound a bit on a classic summertime activity.  That activity would be fishing – and that authority is my dad! I’m sharing here some of the angling chapter from the delightful […]

The Waking Up Among the Pines Bit

Summertime is here!  That glorious season when we get to indulge in our favorite vacation pastimes!  In recent years, I’ve gotten to revive what was once a cherished summer tradition: I’m gonna go camping! According to Mum, I’ve been roughing it pretty much all my life – although the same was far from true for […]

The Bit Where I Turn Five!

Well, no – I’m not actually turning five.  (That happened, uh, rather a long time ago…)  But it was five years ago that I embarked on a journey like none I’d taken before – I started Tesserology! Now, given that I can’t even keep a house plant alive for five years, this is a major […]

The Tea Timing Bit

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 […]

The ‘Twas Another Year Bit

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 […]

The Poppies in My Lapel Bit

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 […]