Category SLICE O’ LIFE BITS

Burbank: The “Home is Where The ‘B’ Is” Bit

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 […]

A Tidbit: Layers in Time

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 […]

The “You Know It’s Fall When” Bit

I’ve always loved the fall!  And after a fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk-hot summer here in LA, I am really looking forward to it this year – even if, as I’ve noted before, Angeleno autumns don’t tend to be textbook (it’s approaching 100 degrees outside as I’m typing this…). Having spent half my life in NoCal’s Bay Area and half […]

A Tidbit: Snowy

Am pausing in the sweltering SoCal heat to answer this week’s unusual WordPress Photo Challenge with three photos.   Though snowfall isn’t an unusual occurrence for lots of people, I’ve always found a special magic in snow – and boy would I welcome a little flurry just now! Having grown up largely deprived of pack and powder, […]

A Tidbit: Transient Sky

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, Transient, made me think of views I’ve enjoyed of the ever-changing sky and sea! Recently, Mum and I took off for a short trip to the California coast with all kinds of ideas about where we’d go and what we’d see.  But once we got settled in, all our other plans […]

A Tidbit: Taliesin West

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Order – a concept which, if I’m honest, has never played a large role in my life (afraid I’ve always tended toward the messy…). Though I have little personal experience – and no expertise whatsoever – when it comes to order, the word did make me think of my visit to Taliesin […]

Celilo: The Stilled Waters Bit

I just found this old picture of my Grandpa P!  He’s perched above a scene along the Columbia River that I don’t think exists anymore – at a place called Celilo Falls.  Maybe a couple decades after the picture was taken, water rose up behind the newly built Dalles Dam, and the cataracts of Celilo […]

Canada: The 17 in ’17 Bit (Part 2)

Ohhh, Canadaaa!  Picking up where Part 1 of my Canadian sesquicentennial tribute left off, here are reasons 9 through 17 (still in no special order) why this American loves you: 9.  The Wild Wild Life While wandering through Canada’s breathtaking natural scenery, I’ve gotten some equally breathtaking reminders that when it comes to the great outdoors, we humans […]

The Memento Motori Bit

Happy Happy New Year! So I watched my old Jetta get towed away for good in 2016 – and it made me sadder than I expected.  I mean, I know all cars die eventually.  But beyond losing the only cassette deck left in my life, it felt like I’d said goodbye to a longtime friend. […]

The Night Before Christmas Bit

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through my place (One bedroom apartment – a cute little space), Not a creature was stirring – good thing in my rental; Cuz if I had a mouse?  I’d go totally mental! Despite all the quiet, sleep still was in vain, For something annoying kept nagging my brain! […]