Vegan Hot Springs Getaway

It's not always easy being vegan in New Mexico. Most of the time I cook at home, and now and then we'll go out for Thai food, or make do with chips, salsa, and guacamole if we're out for margaritas with friends. When we travel, we take some of our own food along for the ride, and trust that we'll find something - at least a salad - on restaurant menus along the way. ...more

Calling Home

Yesterday I spoke on the phone to my neighbour in England.  She's about seventy-years-old and was born in the house immediately next door to mine, which was the original farm house.   In 1930 her family built a new, more modern farmhouse about 500 yards away and that is where she still lives and continues to farm.  When she first married she left the farmhouse for 15 years to take the tenancy of a farm about a mile away but as her parents grew older she and her husband returned to keep the family farm going....more

Dance Me to the End of Time

Some sort of subliminal inspiration going on here because it makes me hum Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the Edge of Love."...more

Book Review: Planet Explorer Travel Guides for Kids

I recently began reviewing books for BookPleasures and my second assignment was this series of travel guidebooks geared toward children. The author has written several and I offered to review the ones she wrote for Chicago, New York City, and Walt Disney World. The reviews are below and, while the books are suggested for 8-12 year olds, I would say that I think anyone with kids over the age of four or five could find a vast array of vital information in these books. Here goes: ...more

Don't Miss Chelsea Market in NYC

One of my favorite spots for ‘meandering’ in New York is Chelsea Market, located at 75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets). It’s described by Wikipedia as “an enclosed urban food court, shopping mall, office building and television production facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood.” It houses such companies as The Oxygen Network, the Food Network, MLB.com and more recently, Google has moved into some of the upper floors....more

Life at Sea

After a month away, settling back to a 'normal' routine of life just isn't easy....more

New York: Secrets Revealed- The Garbage Monster

Living in an elevator shaft under Time Square Subway Station, there is a Garbage Monster....more

Journey to Midway Island, 1962

 In 1962, my Naval Officer dad got orders to report to Midway Island of the Pacific Ocean....more

Couch Surfing (the ride of your life!) from LLYOV

My initial reaction to couch surfing, like many with whom I've since shared the gift, was fear and disbelief: “So you just knock on some strangers door, they let you crash at their house and they don't want anything from you?” It was worth a more comprehensive look....more
Couch surfing is a great way to create connections with the people and places.I am a big fan of ...more

LLYOV (love) from Spain

LIVE LIKE YOU'RE ON VACATION! (LLYOV)...more