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Buongiorno, Monsieur! ¿Como Estás?


Travelling abroad would be so much easier if I stuck with my native tongue. But I can’t, not when I’m standing on foreign soil and know three or four dozen words each of Spanish, Italian and French. Foreign words spew out of my mouth like coins from a slot machine. When I'm lucky, they match [...]

Buongiorno, Monsieur! ¿Como Estás?2023-11-16T10:17:12+00:00

No Thanks, Outer Banks


Take it from me, and just say no thanks To tent-camping in Frisco on the dune-strewn Outer Banks Where the wind always blows And chills exposed toes. Ditto for feet, knees and shanks.   Camp showers are frigid. I get goose bumps so rigid I nick each one shaving my legs. Campsites have no water [...]

No Thanks, Outer Banks2023-07-15T20:29:48+00:00

Felling Me With Flattery


Back in the day when I was still young, Nobody called me Young Lady Any more than they called me Shorty or Slim of Kind of Afraidy.   But old men now seem to think that they ought To call me Young Lady when I clearly am not. Do they think I like this backhanded [...]

Felling Me With Flattery2023-07-13T20:08:06+00:00

A Pain in the Assateague


I’m on Assateague Island, stalking wild ponies. There’s a mom with her colt and three of their cronies. Two stallions nearby are kicking and fighting. Now one of them’s biting. Oh, how exciting! Over there’s a pair doing the thing That graces the herd with new pony offspring.   So I grab my camera and [...]

A Pain in the Assateague2023-07-15T20:30:16+00:00

An Unrefined Palate


Nobody would think any less of me if I brought a six-pack of Old Milwaukee to a picnic or ordered a Margarita made with house tequila in a swanky cantina. But admit my favorite wine comes in a $7 screw-cap bottle and I’d be labeled a tasteless dork by anyone who knows a thing or [...]

An Unrefined Palate2023-04-13T21:00:34+00:00

You Can’t Get Hyderized on a Cruise


Sane people cruise to Alaska, or they fly. Not me and Bob. We saw a chance for two adventures – seeing Alaska and getting to Alaska. The getting to would have taken us 10 days if we’d driven seven hours a day. We gave ourselves a month, knowing we would be drawn off course often [...]

You Can’t Get Hyderized on a Cruise2023-06-27T17:33:29+00:00

All You Need is Weird


Bob and I were just getting out of our van at a local beach when a woman exiting the car next to us rushed up to me and said, “You two seem like you’ve been together a long time.” She looked to be about our age. So did the man she was with. I hesitated [...]

All You Need is Weird2023-01-02T17:21:51+00:00