Life Lessons in Potato Salad

This week's batch of potato salad. My mom made the best potato salad. It was one of my favorite parts of long, hot summers in rural Oklahoma. As a kid I never asked her to make it, but every couple of weeks, a new batch would appear -- small chunks of potato, sweet pickle, egg,... Continue Reading →

Luxury Cruising Tips

All-inclusive cruising at it's best. My wonderful friend Becky Lukovic of Bella Travel Planning recently posted her cruise tips for terrific cruising on large-ship lines. (She's in Alaska right now!) Of course, because they're a little different, I sent her my personal cruise tips for ultra-lux lines. Ultra lux cruises generally feature smaller ships, fewer... Continue Reading →

The Four Times I’ve Seen Notre Dame* or How Tragedy Can Create Community

*with apologies to Dave Chappelle On April 15, we watched Notre Dame of Paris burn. As the flames spread, we all prayed the structural integrity of the building would hold and contemplated the very possible loss of the finest example of Gothic architecture in existence. We watched as the spire crumbled and cried. And then... Continue Reading →

Owning Your Own Social Media

Maybe it was just January's resolution season, but it seems like I heard a lot of "I'm quitting Facebook" or "I'm done with Twitter" in the past month. When I asked why, people had some good reasons, FaceBook's privacy and data collection issues among them. But other I found less credible: "I am just so tired of seeing all of the political stuff" or "The people I want to hear from least are the ones I see most." And my favorite "I like it seeing posts from my friends, but whenever I look at my feed, it's all just so nasty and negative."

My 2018 Game Changers

OK, OK, I swear, this is the last round-up post from 2018.  However, it's been my tradition to share a few things that were real game changers for me in the past year.  No surprise they often involve food and drink, and yes, I realize I'm late to the party on many of them. Forgive... Continue Reading →

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