Road Tripping on the Way to Adventure

There is nothing that beats hitting the highway, driving cross-country, soaking in the sites, stopping for a good meal and a great night’s sleep, and then hitting the road again. Even though road trips don’t always go as planned, you can always count on adventure. My husband and I have scored a few doozies over the years. Like the time …

Presenting the Galileos

I’ve always had stars in my eyes. Not the Hollywood kind. The real deal. The twinkly kind. The starlight, star bright wish-upon kind. I find the night sky is a magical, mystical, magnificent stage filled with a vast array of brilliant actors delivering a dazzling show every night. The lights of Broadway dim in comparison, and it is, without a …

Sleeping Easy

Lately, I’ve been losing a lot of sleep—over sleep. I used to rest easy that my Zzz’s were fine. True, an extra hour or two in the sack would be welcomed, but I’ve functioned for years on six hours of sleep without problems. My sense of peace was shattered, though, when my husband and I each got one of those …

Tough Stuff

Help! I’m being stuff-ed to death! – not stuffed as in scarecrow, nor stuffed as I will invariably be Thanksgiving Day. This type of stuff-ed is insidious – a dastardly plot to bite the hand that bought it. I’ve come to learn that the stuff which I thought I couldn’t live without – had to have or would keel over …

It’s About Time

Good news for all those who have wished for more hours in a day, more days in a week. Your wishing has paid off – sort of. It’s Leap Year, and we all get one whole day – 24 hours – added to this calendar year. Break out the champagne and let’s celebrate. Which brings me to the question: shouldn’t …

Finding Paradise

We take things for granted, believe the grass is always greener, and are seldom present in the moment. I was guilty of all three one recent day—bored with my current locale, longing for my paradise, and dreaming of the day when I could be there. As I heard myself lamenting this sad state of affairs to a friend it triggered …

Unplugged – The “Rest” of the Story

My husband and I had just sat down to breakfast one weekend morning when the lights flickered and died. The power outage proved to be neighborhood-wide but was quickly restored; however, we learned that the cable company responsible for our TV and Internet was experiencing difficulties getting service back online. The representative politely reported the problem would be fixed within …

Surviving the Simple Life

Fort Davis is a small, historic town in far west Texas, population just over a thousand. Located in the Davis Mountains it was established in 1857 and served as home to the U.S. Calvary. Today the restored fort is a tourist attraction, as is the nearby McDonald Observatory which hosts “star parties” every Tuesday and Saturday nights allowing the public …

Numbers To Live By

The black, shiny numbers – 270605, my dad’s German-issued Prisoner of War ID – are pasted onto a plain, white index card that hangs unceremoniously on his bedroom wall next to a five inch piece of barbed wire. I was just a kid when I first saw the numbers scribbled on a piece of paper tucked in Dad’s wallet. Dad …

Kids of Summer

Summers growing up – was anything sweeter? Three months of total, absolute, pure and glorious freedom, fun and adventure. No schedule, no classrooms, no PE, no homework. Nooooo nuns. There are some things in life that we learn to look back on as an adult and appreciate with the added age and wisdom, but summers are never wasted on the …