Courageous and Curious … my 100th Post


Over the last couple of months, I realized that my 100th post was approaching and I started brainstorming ideas for the day when my fingers would hit the keyboard for the 100th time.  I thought about making a list of my top post, but I usually save that for my end of the year post. […]

Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District & the Rookery

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One of my favorite books that I have read this year was a historical fiction novel titled Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. The book is about a scandalous love affair that Frank Lloyd Wright had with one of his clients which began in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park.  This book was a page-turner, and […]

Visiting Snoopy & the Peanuts Gang

Hanging with Snoopy and Woodstock

Watching the Brady Bunch and Bewitched on television, playing Barbies with my best friend Lyn, drawing and painting in Mrs. Felder’s art class, my sugar blanket (don’t ask) and my love for the cutest beagle named Snoopy are all great memories from my childhood.  It was my childhood nostalgia and stumbling across the Charles M. […]

The Newseum in Washington, D.C.

One of my New favorite places to visit in Washington, DC

This November marks the 50th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy.  On my most recent trip to Washington D.C., I decided to check out the Newseum because two JFK temporary exhibits had recently opened to correspond with the anniversary.  I have been to Washington, D.C. several times, but I had never been to the […]

Summer Sundays at Brookhaven National Laboratory

This guy didn't have his own hair to experiment with the Van de Graaff Generator!

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a research laboratory funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The facility focuses on research for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science and advanced technology and is located on eastern Long Island.  Every summer, the Laboratories host a four-week series of free programs on Sundays and invites the public […]

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Kite flying at Jockey's Ridge on top of the sand dunes.

Wow, was it HOT today in New York!  Throughout the work day, the oppressive heat had me longing to take a dip in a pool or simply stand in the middle of the lawn in the sprinkler.  The last time I recall being in such intense heat was last summer on our vacation to the […]

The Pacific Coast Highway & Big Sur

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The Pacific Coast Highway is known to be one of America’s iconic drives, so we knew it was the only road to travel to San Francisco from Los Angeles during our week-long vacation in California.  Who knew driving could be so much fun?  Breathtaking scenery combined with hairpin turns and treacherous cliffs made this the […]

Hooray for Hollywood

Soyuz space capsule

Going to Hollywood was my son’s choice for our summer vacation this year.  Being a 14-year-old boy, he spends a lot of time watching TV, playing video games and hitting me up for $20 every time a new movie comes out. We planned to stay two days in Los Angeles before heading out on a […]

Oheka Castle

Photo credit:  Old Friends at Oheka Castle

When I am not traveling or writing, I can usually have a book in my hand.  I love to read, and often I try to combine my passions by visiting a location from one of my favorite books.  My book club recently selected two books, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Z, A […]

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum

The International Hall of Fame & Museum

This morning I turned on the television and was able to watch Rafael Nadal in the men’s singles capture his eighth French Open title.  As I looked at the match, I couldn’t help but reflect on my recent visit to the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport and tennis […]