Category: Travel

Driving in SoCal. Enough to make you flipping angry.

To the lady who rode my bumper, screaming and gesturing for me to “hurry up” (at least, that’s what I think she said) the last 25 feet to the red light — I wrote down your license plate number and what I consider to be a pretty accurate description of you (although I’m sure your eyes are probably blue or green and not the molten hot lava red you displayed this morning).  But, don’t worry.  I’m not turning you in […]

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Photographic Memories

When I was 18 years old I went to Hawaii and I didn’t take a camera.  My best friend and traveling companion thought I was a lunatic and kept asking (as we passed waterfalls, volcanoes and all varieties of tropical splendor), “How can you not take pictures of this?”  I told her that the photos would pale in comparison to the images in my mind.  I still feel that way. Last weekend I received one of the greater gifts of […]

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Car Tunes and Talk.

There is something about a car that allows for the best conversations.  Perhaps it’s being in a confined space, where the forced intimacy draws people closer together or the fact that indirect eye-contact makes it easier to be brave with topics or statements.  Or, maybe it’s just the lack of decent ventilation and all that re-circulated stale air that breaks down a person's defenses.  No matter.  I truly enjoy time spent in a car chatting with someone.   A couple of […]

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To be truly beautiful.

“I have never felt so beautiful as I did when I was in Italy last summer on a writing fellowship.”  Don’t get excited.  That woman speaking is not me.  It’s from an article written by some woman for a beauty campaign where the company touts a true women/true beauty ideal.  And, while I seriously love this product line and their good intentions to make every women feel beautiful, no matter size, color, age and whatnot – this article made me […]

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Leave them alone and they’ll come home…

… likely carrying pizzas behind them.   Sometimes when I travel I’m hesitant to call home.  Not because I don’t miss those left behind, but because of what I might hear on the other end of the phone.  This seemingly irrational fear is somewhat heightened when the boys are home alone, left to fend for themselves.   This past weekend, while my daughter and I were four states away my son called on the third day to chat with me.  […]

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Vegas in the Spring? Elevator Tour!

Flowers in bloom, tax filing doom, laundry in hall, kids bouncing off wall – why, it must be Spring Break!  During this week off, some families hit the road to visit relatives or theme parks while others hunker down at home to TSP their walls (don’t laugh, I know where these people live and they are NOT me).  We chose the divide and conquer method of tackling the time off – sent the 17 year old off for a great […]

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Laughter is the best medicine. Unless your ribs hurt.

I woke up Saturday morning feeling as though I’d been hit by a truck … because Friday afternoon one DID hit my poor Honda.  While driving north on the 5 freeway, a very large black pickup truck smacked into the back of me at a rate of about 60+ miles per hour as I dropped my rate of speed to reflect what was going on in front me – a sea of red lights indicating an immediate slowing of our […]

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