Top Spots in the Pacific Northwest

Today on my blog, I'm sharing my favorite travel destinations in the Pacific Northwest!Check it out here...more

A Novel Approach to Writing and Reading Fiction

I’ve never heard anyone say writing a novel was easy. The fact that so many aspiring authors have trouble completing the task gave Christine Smith and Jessie Kwak the brilliant idea to form Four Windows Books. ...more
stephliebold ragazzadevino thanks for the advice :)more

A queen for five days...

We arrived in Seattle for a wedding, knowing that we were to share a two-bedroom apartment with my sister-in-law and her husband, knowing that we were to share a queen-sized bed rather than the king we used at home. I was not thrilled at this arrangement.  So my dear husband promised me he would sleep on the floor if the smaller bed was a problem, and I envisioned adding a roll-away to our room, which was available according to the rental's website. I wanted both of us to sleep in comfort....more

Formerly streetless in Seattle...

Just a week ago, I was in a Seattle apartment icing a painful bruise to my shin bone, barely able to walk, certainly unable to do the sightseeing I'd planned for that one day of sunshine forecast during our visit. I was streetless in Seattle and thoroughly bummed. Yesterday, I was icing my healing shin after walking a 5K. What a difference a week can make!...more

A love letter to the city I never appreciated, until I had to leave

It’s no secret I never wanted to settle in Seattle.  I moved here in 2003 because my then- boyfriend had a great job that he loved.  I told him I would only stay for four years, and then we would have to move to the Northeast to be closer to family.Now here I am, 11 years later, getting ready to leave Seattle – not for New Jersey, but for London - because that same job is transferring that same boyfriend (now husband) for a 2 year assignment beginning in January.We are leaving the rain for… more rain....more

Short visit sightseeing: One day in Seattle

There's a lot to see and do in Seattle. But if you don't have much time, it's actually a great place for a short trip too. Many of the main attractions are close together, so it's easy to see the sights (and then move on if you want to see more local spots)....more
Thanks! Yes, the weather was gorgeous! A couple drizzly afternoons (which I don't mind), but ...more

How to Wander Seattle's Pike Place Market

There’s nothing wrong with seeing the highlights of a place, the well-known “must-see” spots. But it’s always great when you can go beyond that, get off the beaten path, take the side streets, maybe even find some unique souvenirs....more

The Best Souvenirs and DIY Postcard Inspiration

My favorite souvenirs aren't mass produced. They're things like a scarf from a street fair or wildflowers from the Rockies....more

Where to Find Seattle Sightseeing Ideas

With a trip to Seattle on the horizon, I've been reading up on what to see and do while I'm there. Here are a few sites/lists I wanted to share:...more