Go ahead, be a wench - an Adventurous Wench!

Observations

Orange on a blue plate

What is one minute from home?

It's so easy to ooh and aah over wonderful scenes when we're on vacation or out in nature. But do you ever look at things around your home with the same eye and appreciation for beauty that you use when you're traveling? A photography group I belong to gave us an interesting challenge ... Read article...

birthday cake

Wisdom from a Facebook birthday

I'm not sure why, but I just don't greet birthdays these days with the same unmixed enthusiasm I used to. Wait - back up... It's not good to start a blog post with a lie, is it? I DO know why birthdays evoke such a mix of emotions. First off, phrases like... Read article...

Failure is achievable - you can do it!

How to make sure your resolutions fail

I made a New Month's Resolution for this month to write and publish 30 items. Since we just passed the middle of the month, I took stock of how I'm doing on it. On the downside, no A report card so far! On the upside, I've identified 5 simple rules to make sure your resolutions fail... Read article...

Nothing says tropics like palm trees

Back to the Balmy Breezes,Virgin Islands

It's one of the greatest feelings in the world. You step through the door of the plane, out onto the metal stairs. Sultry tropical air greets you, heavenly after the chilly plane. Palm trees sway against a bright blue sky, and in an instant, "normal life" is gone. You are now on a tropical island... Read article...

Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

The leading cause of stress

"Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it." ~ Jane Wagner . . . Funny and true! Especially when reality is as full of stress-causers as it is these days! You can't turn on the news or walk past a newspaper stand, without seeing more dismal news. But wait... Read article...

Snowflakes

Why traveling this winter could make sense

In spite of the current economic turmoil, this winter could be a good time to travel. Holiday rush aside, of course (which is always a zoo at major airports). A primary reason is that for those of us in the US, things are apt to get better economically after the election is over. I can't say for sure if this is true or not... Read article...

Blue Angels, buzzing the bay

So there we were... with a gazillion boats

Fleet Week on San Francisco Bay gets all the once-a-year boaters out on the water, and everybody heads for the middle of the bay. Normally empty parts of the bay are crowded with boats jostling for position, as everyone waits for the Blue Angels... Read article...

Blue sky & smiles before the ride

White water rafting through the economy

Shock waves are circulating. For many, it's a day of profound uncertainty. Doubt. Fear... Our economy is certainly on a wild ride right now. It reminds me of the white water rafting trip we took last week, out on the Rio Grande. I'll tell you now - whitewater rafting seemed a whole lot safer! ... Read article...

Woman biking, 1897

What was frowned upon as unladylike

"What was once frowned down upon as unladylike, trivial, and shocking, is now done openly and with the approval of the beholders. Perhaps nothing illustrates this so much as the riding of the bicycle." ~ Dr. Gracie Ritchie . . . Thank goodness times have changed, and we can now... Read article...

Suitcases

There's no cure like travel

"And there's no cure like travel to help you unravel the worries of living today. When the poor brain is cracking, there's nothing like packing a suitcase and sailing away." ~ Cole Porter . . . You're slaving away in a stressful job, with a daily to-do list that you might be able to finish in 5 months... Read article...