Texas Bluebonnets

I’m taking a break from Maui for this week. Don’t worry, we’ll return to it shortly. What’s the reason for this interruption? The bluebonnets will soon be covering the pastures and roadsides of Texas with their carpet of blue. If you’d like to see those blue carpets, plan your trip now. Travel Tips Here are … More Texas Bluebonnets

Maui Welcome

“Feel that heat and humidity,” I said to no one in particular as I deplaned upon our arrival at Kahului Airport on Maui. A stewardess on the gangway nodded. “Yes, feel that,” she said with a smile. Maui’s warmth was decidedly different from the freezing temperatures we left behind in Seattle. For the past few … More Maui Welcome

The Liberty Bell

The famous Liberty Bell was originally called the “Old State House Bell.” When most people think of the Liberty Bell, they expect to see that iconic crack in it. Everyone wants a photo including the distinctive characteristic. It wouldn’t be the Liberty Bell without it. Most of us don’t realize that these bells were actually … More The Liberty Bell

Founding Personalities

In honor of Presidents’ Day the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia) has several activities scheduled for this weekend. One is a Gallery Tour at the 2nd Bank of the U.S. Portrait Gallery: “The Early Presidents” tour is scheduled for this Saturday, February 17, 2018. View details for it and several other … More Founding Personalities

Merry Christmas, 2017

I love the photo above. It represents much of the beauty and stillness I associate with the best of Christmas. For me, stillness often equals peace. As for beauty, is there anything more beautiful than a snowy landscape? Judging by the Christmas cards I’ve received over the years, I’m not the only who likes a … More Merry Christmas, 2017

Flowers for the Fallen

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date that will live in infamy…” President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in his speech after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The anniversary of the attack is this Thursday. Remember and honor those who served. My friend, Karan Klassen visited the memorial site of the USS Arizona in Hawaii this past weekend. … More Flowers for the Fallen

The Thanksgiving Table

Recently some of my friends shared memories of family Thanksgivings from long ago. Weeks were spent preparing the formal table in the special dining room for all the guests: the silver was polished, the finest crystal buffed until it sparkled and the freshly washed china gleamed. Once everything looked perfect a sheet was draped over … More The Thanksgiving Table