View of Elliot Bay trail in Seattle WA

A Glimpse of Spring

While much of the United States suffered through mudslides or snowstorms last week, Spring graced Seattle with a surprise visit. After a December of windstorms and over five inches of rain, she lifted the gloomy grey clouds and exposed the horizon. Snowcapped mountains materialized in the distance. Sunshine reflected off the bright blue mirror of …

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My Guilty Pleasure…Television Version

Are you a secret foodie, reality show follower, or contest junkie? Do you settle in front of your television (or favorite streaming device) with the remote control (or headphones), your favorite beverage, a tasty snack, and a sense of indulgence? What’s your guilty viewing secret? I love television programs where an expert arrives on the …

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365 Pristine Squares

I receive a new wall calendar each Christmas. It’s practical, yet pretty; sensible, yet satisfying. A year’s worth of blank boxes precisely organized into the weeks and months of the upcoming year. I feel a surge of mystical anticipation when I flip through the pages and contemplate what may unfold over the next 365 days. …

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The Ticking Clock of Christmas Carnage

Those cute snow people in the picture above appear to be innocent, festive additions to my holiday decor. However, they represent the most frightening object in my house. Halloween decorations? The mark of an amateur. Skeletons, bats, or spiders can’t hold a candle to the unrelenting horror unleashed when this decoration emerges from its box. …

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ice scuptor at the Seattle Center Winterfest

Do you have a December MUST DO list?

Between the spouse’s office party, the kids’ school concerts, present wrapping, cookie baking, and family visits, December doesn’t come with a to-do list, it blows in like a MUST-GET-DONE blizzard. Don’t get me wrong. I love the holiday season. It’s festive, fun, full of goodwill, and features a cheery prerecorded soundtrack. Unlike certain other long, …

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Glacier Bay Alaska

My Alaskan Cruise

During the summer, cruise ships sail in and out of Elliott Bay. I watch them from my window. I’ve probably seen thousands of tourists embark and return from their Alaskan voyages. What were all those people experiencing? I wanted to see for myself. In August, I finally got my chance when my husband, daughter, and …

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Thanksgiving Traditions

Even if your family serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, I bet there is at least one dish that makes your holiday celebration unique. You don’t have to take my word for it, just remember that first Thanksgiving away from home. What was missing? Unless that dish is served, it’s not Thanksgiving. For me that special food …

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