Today, August 20th, Charley and I are celebrating our Wedding Anniversary. He’s gone grocery shopping because he’s planning to make me my favorite meal; the first one he ever cooked for me when we were first dating – blue cheese asparagus chicken with rice and an angel food cake with chocolate frosting for dessert. Tonight … More On Anniversaries and Other Life Adventures
Charley and I spent the last few days in the Berkshires marketing my latest book, The Pacas Are Coming! ZuZu and the Crias and delivering more copies of A Berkshire Tale to the vendors. The Berkshire Botanical Garden is one of those lovely places which carries my books and it is the setting in A Berkshire Tale for the … More Daylilies
Newport, Rhode Island is known for its Summer Folk and Jazz Festivals. In the 60’s, I used to cross the Mount Hope Bridge over Narragansett Bay and join lots of other “hippies” who set up on a hill outside the festival fence to listen (for free) to the famous folk singers of the day like … More To Soothe the Savage Beast
I love living in a small town. Familiar faces are always around the corner, in the supermarket, the restaurants, the hardware store, the pharmacy. I enjoy stopping to have a conversation with a friend I just happen to meet while doing errands. Years ago, while I was studying at the University, I decided this was … More It Takes a Village
This post is a bit late, but then, every day is Valentine’s Day around here. In the past, when Charley was the Director of Rhode Island Boys’ Indoor Track, mid-February was a busy time for him. We rarely went out on Valentine’s Day. He recently retired from his fifty years of track duties and so, … More Wilderness is Paradise Enough
Yesterday I finished writing Last Train to Kingston, the first in a series of murder mysteries set in my home town. I’m taking a brief respite before I do the initial edit and add in photos. I thought you might like a sneak preview at some of the settings in the book. So, this is my … More Across Continents on a Winter’s Morning
During the first week in December, Charley and I went on another adventure with our friends Jack and Jean. We took a pleasant train ride from our local Kingston Station to Penn Station in New York and became part of the masses that flock to the Big Apple every year at this time. We enjoyed … More A Holiday State of Mind
On a cloudy, gray Saturday in early December, Charley and I met up with our fellow Skyscrapers at Mystic Seaport. The Seaport has a planetarium. Of particular interest to our group was a special exhibition housed in the R.J. Schaefer Building entitled “Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude”. From September 19, 2015 to … More Mystic Seaport Part II – Special Exhibits
Since the 1600’s Mystic, Connecticut has been renowned for the craft of shipbuilding. People from all over the world visit this historic area. Today, Mystic Seaport is America’s leading maritime museum. In the Henry B. Dupont Preservation Shipyard ships are still being built and restored. You can see an example of a 19th-Century fishing schooner, … More Mystic Seaport – America’s Leading Maritime Museum Part I
I was lying here on the couch binge reading other people’s blog posts and WHOA! Sandy informed readers we could go to the general settings in our menu and get snow to fall on our blog pages! YIKES! A new challenge with immediate gratification! So, I went to my Menu then to Settings then to … More I Just Found the Snowflake Thingy!
In August I wrote a post about a tradition of watching the Perseid Meteor Showers with my husband, Charley and for our anniversary I signed us up for a membership in Skyscrapers, “a group of people who are interested in the wonders of the sky.” Seagrave Memorial Observatory in North Scituate, Rhode Island is alive … More To Infinity and Beyond!
Charley and I just returned from an ill-timed vacation to South Carolina with our friends, Mary and Jim. We had been busy at home and had not turned on the TV for a while. Oblivious to local and national events, last Tuesday we flew to Charleston, drove south to Hilton Head and planted ourselves smack … More Grilled Cheese Fixation