Today is Charley’s Birthday! As many of you know, my husband is a cancer survivor, in remission, but still involved in clinical studies to find the cure. We were in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins this week and after all of the regular hospital stuff, we took time to walk around the Inner Harbor and have … More On Gallivanting
I’ve written about Sanctuaries in past blog posts. It’s a favorite theme of mine – those places where we can speak freely, laugh loudly, cry quietly, seek peace, find companionship. In our minds, “Sanctuary” can conjure up a myriad of images – places where we feel safe. But safe places are not solely dependent upon … More Among the Safety of Other Survivors
Last Wednesday was unseasonably warm. Since it’s February in New England, it should be extremely cold. But that day it reached 65 Fahrenheit (18.3 degrees Celsius). It looked, smelled and felt more like a lovely, late spring day. Some friends and I decided to take advantage of the break in winter and go to the … More “Just Wait a Few Minutes!”
Norman Rockwell was one of America’s foremost artist illustrators. He once commented on not having an idyllic life and how this affected his work. “Maybe as I grew up and found the world wasn’t the perfect place I had thought it to be, I unconsciously decided that if it wasn’t an ideal world, it should … More An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Charley and I decided to escape reality and travel up to the Berkshires for the weekend. We had book business to take care of and I had to shoot some photos for another story in the ZuZu Series – A Christmas Book which I’m planning to launch in the fall of 2017. Charley’s been wanting … More Who Dunnit?
Well, Talk Like a Pirate Day 2016 is over and we are getting back to some semblance of normalcy, i.e. using a commonly understood dialect and not AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHTICULATING in the little-used (no mystery why), limited pirate vocabulary that comes out every September 19th around this house. I tried to give myself a break and recycle … More “The Pacas are Coming!” – National Alpaca Farm Days
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
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
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
Within the ten stories of A Berkshire Tale, ZuZu is constantly amazed by the world around her. During her first year, the tiny tabby encounters many new people on her adventures with her buddy, Nick. Sometimes, she can be a bit overwhelmed and can’t seem to decide if it’s the worst day or the best … More Worst Day, Best Day Ever!