Is It Autumn or Summer-Lite?

Happy Fall Y’all!  Bah humbug.  I am probably the only person in the world who doesn’t love to see fall coming.  Living most of my life in cold-weather places, fall always brought a deep feeling of dread to me.  I knew that the first yellow leaf I saw was a harbinger of snow that could […]

What’s on Your Device?

Back in the old days – well, not all that long ago – most people on planes were reading books or magazines.  There weren’t devices with movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, etc. handily downloaded onto them.  If I ever finished a book, or heaven forbid, forgot a book, I’d have to purchase one at the […]

Oklahoma City Visit

September is probably the cruelest and least enjoyable month in Arizona.  While Fall is making itself felt in other parts of the country, it’s still consistently over 100 degrees in Phoenix and Tucson, and the nights are not cooling down.  To add to that, the chances for monsoon rains and their cooling breezes are starting […]

Getting Back on Track

We are just back from a two-week road trip, and I cannot lie, we spent a lot of downtime over the weekend recovering.  We had such a wonderful time seeing family and friends and enjoying beautiful scenery.  My usual routine of halfway-healthy eating and exercising regularly was severely compromised.  Excuse #1 on eating: One thing […]

Thoughts on Travel

I recently did an informal count of the trips we have been on in the past 12 months.  Many of the trips were pleasure combined with business, and the rest were pure pleasure, but in either case, I made the most out of being away from home.  Not every place is an exotic vacation destination, […]

“Our Spacemen Walk on the Moon!”

The Boston Herald Traveler proudly announced July 21, 1969. The issue greeted me last week from the Apollo 11 50th anniversary display at the Arizona Science Center. We were there for the Mummies of the World exhibit, but when I saw the anniversary commemoration, I thought that was way better than the mummies!  I must […]

Summer Reading, Summer Eating

Reading I read a lot.  As in a lot.  I really don’t have any hobbies, so I have a lot of time for reading.  And for the record, I don’t consider reading a hobby.  It’s just what I do every day.  Like brushing my teeth.  However, sometimes the experience is special – like when I […]

Exploring Arizona High Country

Many people find their happy place near the ocean or forest, and while I do not question that, my happy place is the mountains.  Arizona was such an easy choice when we decided to move to warmer weather because not only is the Sonoran desert spectacular most of the year, the mountains call my name […]

Finding Balance with Exercise and Moderate Eating

I’m in touch with my body enough to know if I’ve eaten a few too many sweets (my clothes are tight), had too much salt (I can’t get my rings on),  or drank too much champagne (I start speaking French).  I know what immediate steps to take to address those issues.  Exercise, however, has been […]

Summertime Creeps

Do you have a tradition in your family of telling ghost stories at night?  It seems like summer evenings gathered outside lend themselves to otherworldly tales.  I thought I would share some supernatural stories from our family, some “haunted” places I’ve traveled and review a couple of recent books. My younger sister Susie and I […]