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Ireland: The Unexpected Touchstone Bit (Part 2)

Happy, um, Half St. Patrick’s Day! That’s right!  In about six months, the Chicago River will flow bright green again, a parade will bubble through the streets of Boston, and my favorite local pub will temporarily charge a cover.  Erin go Bragh! Alright, so I’m not that keen on the cover charge thing – but I […]

Ireland: The Unexpected Touchstone Bit (Part 1)

It’s known as the Emerald Isle! A land of lush green countryside, brimming with character and magic that can cast such a potent spell, it beckons us to return there as home even when we’ve never once been –  And, if we may, we follow. I’ve had the good fortune to visit Ireland on half […]

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 […]

Alaska: The Outside View Bit

Unbelievable how time flies!  It’s been nearly eight years since I was in a bar in Juneau, Alaska, ordering a particular drink for downing swiftly – and five years before then that I took a tentative sip of that potent concoction for the very first time!  More specifically, I was in a “saloon” in Juneau. […]

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 […]

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 […]