When Not Planning Is a Good Thing

Jackson Square

Some people plan their vacations. They research every hotel, restaurant and flight. They read reviews of every activity and plan their trip to the minute. Can’t do it. That seems too much like work. This…

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Let it Go

Cat sleeping on box

So many of life’s adventures involving letting go. Letting go of things I’d really rather cling to. But something odd happens when I let go. I find freedom. Let Go of Stuff Sometimes I look…

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Victory at Last

Two chimney cakes

Last summer, while attempting to entertain my middle grandson, I convinced him to try an experiment. We were going to make a cake over the barbecue. I’d seen a video that made it look so…

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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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