Imagine Segway'ing Your Way Through Hawaiian Flowers & Forests?

One of the things you quickly feel when you land in Hawaii, especially the Big Island, is that you want to spend more time out in nature. It's one of the reasons it's such an early to bed kinda place - people are eager to get up early to take in all that the natural beauty of the islands have to offer. Hawaii's natural surroundings, its diverse vegetation, its tropical fruit trees, and vibrant colorful flowers take you to a different galaxy if you'll allow yourself to go there....more

Jeanne Sunderland, a Strong Female Force Behind Kohala's Hawaii Island Retreat

Go on a journey with me to the north of the Big Island of Hawaii. We're not going camping or hosteling. We're not heading to a large resort with a major brand name. We're not heading to a B&B and or some locally owned hotel....more

Rental car rousting

 When I picked up my navy blue rental car in Philadelphia, Penn., I had no idea that being a creature of habit would almost land me in jail....more

Help! No Crockpot

When I was getting things ready to ship to Sweden in anticipation of living in a furnished apartment, I realized that one small kitchen appliance that may not be furnished is a crockpot.  So, I was planning to bring mine.  Whoops!  So much for that idea.  I’m glad I realized that the power was not the same.  In the US we use 110, and in Sweden it would have to be 220.  ...more

What I Saw on Italy's Street

Herewith, notes from a traveler on the streets of northern Italy, reporting on what Italian women are eating, drinking and wearing.  I’m not talking about the  fashionistas of Milan, but the real Italian woman going about her daily business.  Just back from ten days in Verona and the Alto Adige of northern Italy, I can share some observations that, I hope, delight you, as they did me. ...more

Maui's Mokawao & Environs: Art, Cowboys & Style

If you go to Hawaii and don't see at least one surf board, then you've missed a big part of the culture. People GO to Hawaii to surf and locals take great pride in the fact that they have great 'surf.' I passed this little surf shop on my way to Makawao, which was in fact my first stop on Maui after I landed on a mid-May trip recently....more

Hawaii Island Retreat for Sacred Time, Vibrant Gardens & Returning to Self...

Go on a journey with me to the north of the Big Island of Hawaii. We're not going camping or hosteling. We're not heading to a large resort with a major brand name. We're not heading to a B&B and or some locally owned hotel.Imagine a home where the American South meets old world Europe and an African colonial mansion?...more

Meet a Female Cowboy & It'll Change Your Life....

I had not been on a horse in awhile. The last time was probably four or five years ago and it was at my sister's "ranch" in upstate New York, when they loaded me up on a cranky horse who threw me off within the half hour. I'm not really a rider although my sister and niece are more passionate about horses than life itself....more

Splish Splash I Was Given A Bath

The next to last time a man gave me a bath, I called him “Daddy.” No, this is not the beginning of some tawdry sex tale...I called him “Daddy,” because he WAS my Daddy.  And I was about five years old at the time.  The last time a man gave me a bath was about two weeks ago--in Urgup, Turkey. After a long day of touring and hiking the caves in the city of Cappadocia, my husband and I decided a relaxing experience would do us good....more