Day Trip Series: Providence, Rhode Island

In continuation of my day trip series, let me tell you about Providence, Rhode Island.  First, a few words of advice:   If the city you plan to visit is within three to four hours away, it may be best to schedule one really wonderful activity that interests you, instead of trying to squeeze several activities into your schedule....more
Oh I love Rhode Island and the whole North East.......You describe them all perfectly...more

Crosspost: Women's Receipt Books

In today's entry from The Great Plains Diaries of Harriet E. Whitcher, Hattie mentions working on her receipt-books:...more

Curing Social Media Misery: A Case for Communicating in Real Life

Social Media rules, right? It rules our every day. It's the foundation of our daily routine. We're never logged out. That being the case, we don't, we can't, seem to unplug from the idiosyncratic patterns of our fellow man.Sure, we tolerate it with our families, and some friends, but from acquaintances? It's downright annoying....more

Bridging the Interracial Adoption Gap

It’s no secret: I’m a white Mommy of a brown Baby. Just ask one of the jackasses who randomly stop Ana Lu and me to ask, “Is she yours?”...more

A quick London round-up

At London’s Transport Museum, Covent Garden, you can see the exhibition of posters brought together under the umbrella title ‘Poster Art 150′.  It’s on until January 5th – more details at

Curse of a Difficult First Name

If I could change my first name to anything I want, I would choose something common and easy to pronounce, but memorable enough to match my personality.  I have an ethnic first name that has two syllables.  Any person with a first grade education should be about to pronounce it correctly, or repeat it back to me when they ask how to say my name.  I gave up on correcting people about 40 years ago.  I have to pick my battles.  If I only see or talk to someone once in a lifetime, they can call me anything....more

Get It Together America

It's funny, I never expected that moving abroad would make me feel more American, but it has.  Here in Spain, I often find myself having to defend American culture to people who only know what they've been told or shown by the media. As you can imagine, it's not always well rounded.  In fact, it's often wrong....more

Weekly Wishes

 Happy Monday Everyone!...more

Do You Wish You Had a Different "Born-On" Date?

Have you ever felt that you were born at the wrong time? Perhaps you're obsessed with Victorian England or medieval times. Do you feel more of a kinship with Joan of Arc than Joan Jett?...more