Thankful for Turkey

Thankful for Turkey

In our house, no matter how it was cooked—basted for hours, wrapped in bacon, deep-fried, or slightly overdone—the turkey went fast. Turkey is generally easy to find weeks before the big day. Even if you don’t cook, you can still indulge turkey cravings at a Cracker...
It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green

It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green

When Kermit the Frog laments of being green like the leaves, I think of Central Florida—green year round. It’s difficult to tell when summer ends and autumn begins. Our Christmas photos were typically taken in November, in the yard or by the pool. And because of...
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 But until we refurbish the outdated pool, my husband keeps it clean and clear.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...
Fond of Finland

Fond of Finland

Flying over Helsinki, Finland, the ground is blanketed in snow. My Florida boots are getting a workout this winter.  Instead of making snow angels, sightseeing, or visiting relatives, this two-week trip will be spent in isolation, writing the last few chapters of...
So Much Snow!

So Much Snow!

Decades ago, I moved from my hometown of Superior, Wisconsin to Central Florida. I traded snow for sandy beaches and below zero temperatures for year-round sunshine. But the beauty and fun of wintery weather beckons. Lake Superior, February 2015 Rovaniemi, Finland,...

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