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Arizona, Musings

In Praise of 4th Grade Social Studies

I remember fourth grade social studies because it meant LOTS of field trips. For those of you who may have forgotten, fourth grade is when you study the U.S. with a focus on the state where you live.

Food, Musings

The Art of Effective Complaining

My mother-in-law turned 90 recently. She didn’t want a party or celebration, but family members kept asking for one until Greg and I told her she should consider changing her mind … peer pressure? She gave in and we decided a small gathering in her senior living facility would be the perfect solution. Her friends… Continue reading The Art of Effective Complaining

California, Musings, Road Trip

In Praise of the Hotel California

On a dark desert highway … Our ears were buzzing; our backs tightening. Road tripping in a two-seat roadster has its merits, but bombing down the interstate at 75 mph is not one of them. With the clock approaching 7 p.m., three-plus hours of driving still ahead of us, and a desert thunderstorm threatening, we… Continue reading In Praise of the Hotel California

California, Musings, Travel

I Love L.A.

Recently, our granddaughter proclaimed she wanted us to take her to Los Angeles next year for her 10th Birthday “Trip With the Grands” (her older brother opted for some Arizona desert adventures). Whether she’ll still want to do that a year from now remains to be seen, but it was a reminder that, despite my trash talk, L.A. is in my blood.

Bucket List, Musings, Travel

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

Inspiration can come from the most unusual places. Where do you find yours?

Distractions, Flying, Musings, Road Trip, Trains, Travel

Wanderlust, Moving and A World of Change

A friend from high school recently moved to a new home. It was one of several she’s made in recent years. She and I are very alike that way. In the past eight years I have had six homes. That’s six full-scale, move-everything-you-own-to-a-new-place homes.  Packing and unpacking are routine chores. In fact, we grew up… Continue reading Wanderlust, Moving and A World of Change

Distractions, Diversion, Musings, Wine/Cocktails

Puerto Backyarda

Somehow I didn't think I'd be writing a travel blog about my neighborhood for my 100th blog. Yes, I know there are almost 150 on this site, but the others were all written by Greg, so this is officially my 100th. I hope you're having fun reading them and if you have something you'd like… Continue reading Puerto Backyarda

Musings, Road Trip, Travel

Ya Gotta Love Texas

Wherein our intrepid correspondent pontificates on the good, the bad and the ugly things about Texas

Musings, Travel

Wanderlust Amid Health Fears

If the Coronavirus crisis is messing with your travel plans, you have options.

Musings

Blah, Blah, Blogs (or You Decide the Topic)

When you commit to writing a weekly blog it’s easy to think, “hmmm, what if I skip a week?” or - more often - “What the heck am I gonna write about this week?”   I am quite proud that the topics I write about are either from the heart or from personal experience. That means… Continue reading Blah, Blah, Blogs (or You Decide the Topic)