The Eternal Maid of Honor

Bridesmaid with bouquet

Never a bride, always a bridesmaid. Never the star, always a supporting role. Ever notice how some people always end up in second place? In the also ran category? No matter what they do, they…

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Before Starting An Adventure

Surfing adventure

Travel is one of my favorite adventures, and i’ve been known to not let a little things like civil wars, coups or riots from keep me from such destinations as El Salvador, Cambodia or Nepal….

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Relentless Pursuit by Fearsome Foes

Scary Woods

  Or, a familiar story told a different way. We covered ground as fast as we could, fleeing those who sought our blood. What started as an innocent trek through the forest had turned into…

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Attack of the Mosquitoes

Trail in Newport State Park

  How to entertain a 16-year-old? That’s the question that faced me last summer. Middle Grandson had come to visit, and I determined to make sure he enjoyed himself. One sunny morning we decided a…

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Invasion of the Flower Flies: A Partial Eclipse Story

Hover Fly

While much of the rest of the country was chasing the eclipse, I was chasing flower flies. I didn’t know they were flower flies at the time. All I know is I was minding my…

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Back to Gitche Gumee

Caves on Devil's Island

Lake Superior holds a certain fascination for me. Maybe because it seemed so far away to this girl who grew up a few hours from Lake Erie and has lived near Lake Michigan. Superior’s size…

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The Jetsons Arrive in Dubai

Futuristic Flying Car

Lucky Judy Jetson. I grew up envying her life, how she could jump into a flying car and whisk away wherever she was going. I dreamed of the day when I could fly to school…

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Can You Make a Cake Over a Barbecue?


I’m always up for an adventure, especially if it involves food. While idly surfing YouTube (I know, I should be writing. Or editing. Or something), this video grabbed my attention. How can you possible make…

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A Tale of Two Women


Last month I lost two women who were close to me. The contrast between them could not have been greater. One was born in India, in to a loving family. Her parents cared for her,…

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The Knee-Jerk Reliance on Social Media


For the past three years, I’ve been an enthusiastic participant in NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. This year was different. Many factors led to my decision to not participate. One reason is…

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