Category Archives: Travel

Southern Charm

I’ve always loved visiting the South, whether as a newlywed driving with Hubby D on two-lane roads leading to Florida or those many return trips we later took with our growing family. Some routes we selected as most expedient—the Interstates … Continue reading

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Star Gazing

  It was my choice to become a kindergarten dropout (long story) but dropping out didn’t seem to affect my ability to absorb knowledge. In first grade I learned to write cursive and with my dad’s help, I penned my … Continue reading

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Wine vs. Diet Coke: Doing the Math

(Original Blog from December, 2011) The Euro and the Pound aren’t nearly as strong as they were five years ago when I first posted this blog but when it comes to value, table wine in Europe is still a better … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Memories

“An Italian Wedding” was originally published in 2011 and is one of my favorite blogs about the G family, our cousins who live in the Piemonte Region of Northern Italian. The following year the bride and groom and his parents … Continue reading

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How High Have You Been?

How high have you been? I’ve been to the top of Switzerland’s Jungfrau Mountain, a total of 11,388 feet. This blog originally appeared on my website back in 2011. It works as well now as it did then since I … Continue reading

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Got My Kicks on Route 66

I grew up in an era when various combinations of Illinois Route 66 took my parents, my brother, and me from our house to my grandma’s in Benld, a coal mining town some 40 miles to the north on State … Continue reading

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Bringing Characters to Life

Creating intriguing characters in a novel can be quite the challenge; but when several characters make an easy connection that drives the story forward, there’s no denying the level of writing satisfaction. As was the case with this scene in … Continue reading

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