A Charmed Life

A Charmed Life

Charm bracelets have a long history. In the 1970s they were still a popular fashion statement.  On my twelfth birthday, my mother gave me a sterling silver chain with one charm that said Grown Up 12 in cursive.  Is cursive a dying art form? The next charm was a...
Bangkok By Boat

Bangkok By Boat

After many visits to Bangkok, it was time to ride in a long-tailed boat. We often watched these slim boats speed across the Chao Phraya River.  My name is Lucky! Our expert guide helped us clumsily clamber onto the bobbing boat. She told us that long-tailed boats...
Summertime Birthdays

Summertime Birthdays

When I was a kid, a summer birthday was a bummer. My brother’s birthday is the day before mine. On July 23rd (his B-day) or the 24th (mine) we often shared a cake that was frosted and candled in gender-neutral colors. The guest list was mostly neighbors and cousins...
Swimming With the Moon

Swimming With the Moon

The plaster in my backyard pool is peeling in great chunks. The deck is cracked. But until we refurbish the outdated pool, my husband keeps it clean and clear.  My personal pool guy! Read Swimming With Strangers in Shanghai. Swimming is my favorite form of...
Sometimes Florida Bugs Me

Sometimes Florida Bugs Me

Floridians boast they live in paradise. You can’t beat the almost year-round summer weather. But bugs also love the heat.  We share our spaces, indoors and out, with thousands of insects: book-loving silverfish, blood-thirsty mosquitoes, helicopter-sized...
Must We Multitask?

Must We Multitask?

Multitasking is the ability to perform more than one task, or activity, at the same time. Time, or lack of, is why we multitask. But are we saving time doing two or three things at once? Experts throw around phrases like context switching, Switch-Tasking, and...

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