• Keep in Touch
    First, I’d like to thank…Persian Queen Atossa!  According to the historian Hellanicus you were the first – so Mamnoon to you!  Second, I’d like to give a shout out to Benjamin Franklin whose efforts cut the travel time in half, so Ben I’m sending a mighty – Thank Ye! And cheers to my mom whoContinue reading “Keep in Touch”
  • One Potato, Two Potato….
    At first glance there was no indication we were in the right place.  But when we walked through the main door we saw a poster hanging from the ceiling. On it was the image that first enticed me to choose this particular museum to visit and there it was…in all its glory…the “hot potato” welcomingContinue reading “One Potato, Two Potato….”
  • For the Love of Spuds
    From my journal: September 18, 2009 London, England “Off to Munich next week…we’ll be there for just a few days this time…want to find something a little different to do or see…” There’s always something new to explore no matter how many times you’ve visited a place.  Looking for suggestions, I began with our muchContinue reading “For the Love of Spuds”
  • Words on Folded Pages
    The first letter arrived in our mailbox in early July of 1973.  Smiling, my mom handed me the envelope. I don’t know who was more excited or relieved, me or her.  Sometimes adults get busy and can’t find the time to write, she said. And although I wanted to believe him when he said he’dContinue reading “Words on Folded Pages”
  • We Can Do Anything
    If you’re an owner of a stocky bodied, flat snouted, roll around in the mud animal, this is your month to celebrate. Fans of the edible marshland plant high in fiber that adds a crunch to salads will also have cause to jump for joy now. It’s March. The month that honors National Pig Day,Continue reading “We Can Do Anything”
  • Below the Surface
    A few reasons considered “good” were: to experience a sense of absolute freedom, to become more in tune with nature and to interact with marine life. The one answer Mike stressed was NOT a good reason – to overcome the fear of water.  After our instructor tossed that out to our group sitting in aContinue reading “Below the Surface”
  • What’s There to Be Afraid of?
    Coulrophobia, Veloxrotaphobia and Aquaphobia have been three of my greatest fears! Only one, I’ve successfully overcome.  And ironically, all of these aversions began in childhood. That happy, care-free, no-stress time of life when the sun seemed to shine on us, despite the actual weather, every single moment of each and every day. I like toContinue reading “What’s There to Be Afraid of?”
  • The Long and the Short of It
    Sitting in the styling chair staring at my face in the mirror, my thin wavy auburn hair was parted in the middle and hung down to my shoulders. Standing behind me was my brother’s friend’s older sister. “Who do you want to look like?” she asked.  Laura was a hairdresser who worked in a beautyContinue reading “The Long and the Short of It”
  • A Lesson in History
    From my journal: February 4, 2016, Newbury Park, CA “Lee’s mom called and asked if she could come in and talk to our class this month…will be great for what we’re studying.” Never hesitant about parents coming in to speak to students, I was happy that I could work her presentation into our Social StudiesContinue reading “A Lesson in History”
  • The Big One
    Which sports game took place on Sunday, January 15, 1967 at 1:00 pm at the LA Coliseum in Los Angeles, California?  If you said the AFL – NFL Championship football game, you’d be correct!  Now known as the Super Bowl, the name was suggested by the late Kansas City Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt. Although CommissionerContinue reading “The Big One”
  • Helping Hands
    Newsletter Writer, Youth Mentor, Art Creator Assistant, Beautification Committee Worker, and Things to Do Researcher are just some of the titles I’ve held in my spare time.  What started as a “Need to Do” as a teenager, has become a “Love to Do” since then. Not old enough to apply for a paying job atContinue reading “Helping Hands”
  • Hope and Unity
    Although I have yet to attend one in Washington, DC, I am a faithful follower.  Every four years after an election, I am tuned in on January 20th to witness the events unfold before me. I’ve now seen 11 Inaugurations and am still amazed by them.  Whether it be a Democrat or Republican who officiallyContinue reading “Hope and Unity”
  • Fits Him to a Tee
    My journal entry April 5, 2012, Thousand Oaks, California. “I don’t know why it bothers me so much that Robert has so many tee shirts.  I guess it’s because I can’t stuff anymore into his drawers…(ha!).” I’m not much of a tee shirt person, but over the past year I’ve acquired four.  Soft and colorfulContinue reading “Fits Him to a Tee”
  • Still Learning
    After decades of making the same new year’s resolutions – “cut out all carbs, lose five pounds, moisturize daily” –  I’ve decided to begin each year instead by learning something new. Sometimes it’s something I’ve never tried before and sometime’s its something I want to learn more about. Several years ago it was training withContinue reading “Still Learning”
  • The Things We Keep
    New Year’s Day signifies the beginning of a brand new year.  For us, it also means taking down our holiday decorations and stowing them all away. The red and blue woolen Christmas stockings embroidered with our names in gold that we bought our first holiday together, Robert’s silver menorah his parents gave him when heContinue reading “The Things We Keep”
  • Good-bye, Hello
    As this New Year’s Eve approaches, I’m doing what I always do. I’m thinking about what has happened this year, to me personally, in the lives of our family and friends, and also what has been going on in our country and world. I usually feel a sense of relief on December 31st as theContinue reading “Good-bye, Hello”
  • Happy Holidays 2020
    Robert finally left the workplace With plans to golf, see people and roam Two weeks after he retired Came the order to Stay-At-Home. With so much time on his hands He looked around for Things To Do We now have an outdoor dinner bell, New lighting and a picnic table, too! Our daily routines haveContinue reading “Happy Holidays 2020”
  • A Hanukkah Gift for Christmas
    Growing up, Christmas was magical. It was that one time of year, besides our birthdays, that we were given a few presents and we were assured that we’d get that “one” gift we really really really wanted. When I was 9 years old that gift was a pair of white figure skates and it wasContinue reading “A Hanukkah Gift for Christmas”
  • Sending a Little Cheer
    The last twenty! 103..and counting! In an assembly line, I laid out my boxes, poems to include, colored pens, return address labels, address book (yes, I still have one!) and stamps. That was three days ago. Using our dining room table, I spread the items out in preparation for one tradition that I truly enjoyContinue reading “Sending a Little Cheer”
  • The Same, But Different
    This Thanksgiving was unlike any other.  What was different was that we stayed at home.  We gathered online with family on Thursday.  Perhaps the same was true for you.  Zoom has become the backdrop to many of our get togethers since March. What was the same this Thanksgiving was pretty much everything else.  Robert andContinue reading “The Same, But Different”
  • Around Our Table
    Thanksgiving Day table setting in our London flat My favorite holiday is just days away! When this week comes along, I always reflect on what I am grateful for. At the top of the list is our families and friends. I am also reminded of past Thanksgiving Day celebrations.  A few of my favorites areContinue reading “Around Our Table”
  • A Responsibility
    I have voted in 10 presidential elections since my first in 1980.  While I thought of voting as a right, even a privilege, I didn’t think of it as a responsibility until I heard my mom say, “You can’t complain about who is elected, unless you voted.” In the United States, we are so fortunateContinue reading “A Responsibility”
  • The Right to Vote
    The year was 1980 and the candidates vying for the Presidency of the United States were the Incumbent, Democrat Jimmy Carter from Georgia, Republican Ronald Reagan from California and Illinois Independent John B. Anderson. At the time, I was a sophomore in college and just the thought of being able to vote made me feelContinue reading “The Right to Vote”
  • Things to Do and Places to See
    North Street in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts Like any travel article, Things to Do and Places to See were listed in that particular article I read so long ago. I was puzzled because I didn’t consider the things mentioned as special.  Hiking at Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, touring the Normal Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, andContinue reading “Things to Do and Places to See”
  • Where It All Began
    My childhood home The first time I read about “The Berkshires” as a vacation spot, I was sitting in a doctor’s office in Southern California flipping through a magazine. Surprised at the familiar pictures, it was the first place I had ever known. It’s where I went to school K-12, where the neighborhood kids wereContinue reading “Where It All Began”
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