Canyon Dreams

Canyon Dreams I saw the Grand Canyon for the very first time in 2004. Of course, I had seen pictures of it. Of course, I knew it was big. But walking up to that rim, I realized that I had seen nothing but shadows and knew nothing at all. The real thing is the kind of immense that makes you feel the size of an atom, crushes you just looking at it, stuns your mind, and makes you forget how to breathe.
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Categories: Adventure Travel.

Waterfalls I Have Known

To me, a waterfall is never just a waterfall. Water being one of the essential things that makes life on earth possible, seeing large quantities of it in motion is like watching life itself. So when I hear there’s a waterfall in an area I’m visiting, I make every effort to go there. If I see a sign by the side of the road indicating a waterfall, I turn off. And if a waterfall is mentioned in the shore excursion or tour description, you can be sure that’s the one I book. They are beautiful, breathtaking and mystical. And they
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Categories: Travel.

Summer Solstice Swiss Style

In an effort to slow things down in my hectic life, I’m going through some old photographs from my travels over the years. Almost all of them have a story behind them, or at least fond memories, and I’m in the mood to share. Kicking off my travel memories entries is Switzerland. All the way back in 1999, I stayed in a tiny village called Wengen high up in the Alps. You can’t get there by car or train. Only funicular. Or on foot. Or hoof as the case may be…
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Categories: Travel.

When A Book Won’t Let Go

Frustration: Planning an afternoon outing to the beach to enjoy the last few chapters of a book I just can’t put down…only to discover that Kindle didn’t make it to the beach with me. Relief: Using the Kindle app on my smart phone to keep reading anyway. Ha! So there! Shock and horror: Seeing my dumb phone quickly run out of battery power and die completely in a sad little doodle at 96% of the book. Self-discipline: To not run right away to my car, start the engine, plug in the car charger for the idiot phone and keep reading
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Categories: Books and Reading.

The Yoga Pants Lifestyle

Once, long ago, my parents had visions of their daughter scaling corporate ladders in business suits and panty hose. But these days my business suits are plastic covered shrouds in the back of a closet and as a Floridian, I considered panty hose anathema even back when I still shuttled to an office every morning. That’s a world I traded for the yoga pants lifestyle years ago, and I’ve never looked back. But working from home is not for everyone. If you’re considering becoming a reclu…er…teleworker, here are some of my personal observations for your consideration. Contrary to popular belief
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Categories: Attitude.

Some Dis-Assembly Required

I bought a new desk. While for a lot of people this will conjure visions of furniture trucks pulling up to their house, in my case it was the Staples courier service which dropped 3 giant flat boxes in my garage. It was up to me to slit them open, dissect the meticulously packed contents and, with the help of mostly pictures and very little text, somehow reason out how all the pieces fit together. I’m not being sarcastic when I say that I just LOVE this stuff. There’s nothing like an aching back, pulled muscles, fresh bruises and pinched
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Categories: Home Improvement.

When Little Things Become Gigantic

As my first official post on my blog, I thought I’d tell you about the tree in my gutter. It was just a flutter of greenery sprouting there. I had no idea it was going to land me here, with the entire contents of my house crammed into two rooms plus the garage and my desk stuffed into the corner of the living room next to the TV and in front of the recliner…as “home improvement” projects go on. And on.
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Categories: Home Improvement.