Tag Archives: Family

The Bit Where a Light Goes Out…

Happy New Year!!! Wish I could begin 2023 with my usual attempt at a humorous and diverting post, but afraid I have sad news to share. My Mum – companion and inspiration for so many of the exploits covered here in posts past – has passed away… Recent, raw days have been spent clearing out […]

The ‘Twas the Year That it Was Bit

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 […]

The “All That Glitters” Bit

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 […]

The Bit About the Baggage

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 […]

The Bit About Chasing Whales

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 […]

The Bit About (or The One With) a Fountain

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 […]

The Paternal Paean Bit

“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, […]

The ‘Frequency Bias’ By Any Other Name Bit

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. […]

Cahuenga Pass: The Ways and Delays Bit

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 […]

The ’Twas Still Yet Another Year Bit

Holiday greetings! Here’s my wrap-up of the year (such as it was…) offered in my traditional “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” style! Fasten your sleigh-belts! Well friends, once again it’s that rapturous time, When I recap my year in the form of a rhyme! In times past, I’ve shared stories of each trip and outing; […]