Meet Gideon Putnam

Meet Gideon Putnam

Last week in Saratoga Springs, New York, I didn’t go to the famous Saratoga Race Course, take a private mineral springs tasting tour, or visit the famous grounds where the Battle of Saratoga was fought. Instead, I discovered the Gideon Putnam Burying Ground—the...
The Rag Drawer

The Rag Drawer

My family recycled long before it was cool. In our house, everything has a dual purpose. Peanut butter jars become drinking glasses. Popsicle sticks inspire a child’s art project.    Toilet paper tubes are really musical instruments. (Kazoos!). I love to...
Colorful Bangkok

Colorful Bangkok

Traveling for business means less time for sightseeing. Fortunately, my husband and I snuck in some colorful moments in Bangkok. The food. Oh. The food. Unfortunately, when it comes to meals, I concentrate on eating, not taking photos. So many meals. So many missed...
Passport Panic

Passport Panic

 At sixteen, I got my first passport for a mission trip to Haiti. Iguanas the size of small dogs ran across the landing strip.                              Ripe mangoes fell from trees on top of our tents. But my love of travel didn’t start there. During spring...
The Simple Life in Springfield

The Simple Life in Springfield

Many folks choose their favorite spa or ocean resort to relax. I head to Springfield, Missouri, my oasis from the chaos of life. Although there are wonderful sites in and near Springfield, (Silver Dollar City, Fantastic Caverns, Dickerson Park Zoo, etc.) my foot was...
Barefoot in Bangkok

Barefoot in Bangkok

“Sawadee ka,” said a woman in a full-length gown—quite the uniform for the hotel door greeter. With hands under her chin in prayer-pose, she bowed just enough to make me feel like royalty. My left foot ached from a freshly healed stress fracture. What was I thinking...
Sunny Seattle — “It’s Never Like This.”

Sunny Seattle — “It’s Never Like This.”

On my third visit to Seattle, I packed the usual sweaters and socks, even though each time I didn’t use the extra gear. My son, Tyler, texted me the night before my trip, “Bring a jacket. It’s rainy and cold.” In June? During my visit the year before,...
Gardening—Not For Everyone

Gardening—Not For Everyone

In honor of National Garden Week, June 3-9, my black thumb recommends visits to Bok Tower Gardens and Leu Gardens. My in-laws were extreme gardeners, living off the land. Their hands spent a lifetime deep in the dirt of Northern Wisconsin. The clay soil and inclement...
Trust and Joy and Hope

Trust and Joy and Hope

I purchased One Hundred & One famous hymns by Charles Johnson intending to gift it to my sister. (Don’t worry, Sis, I’ll pop it in the mail soon!) She still attends our childhood church where we sang traditional gospel hymns at every service. In...
A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Hello! I hope you’ll love my new website as much as I do. Welcome, and please join me on my writing journey. Who doesn’t love a new beginning, a fresh start? I even wrote a short story about new beginnings: The Beginning of the End. That ending has a twist,...

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