I know. This is supposed to be a post on Louisiana. Bear with me. It's coming, next time around. But for now the mood here in the East Bay is prickly a…
First sign: The pile staring up at me in my writing room. Notice the folder labeled "Louisiana"? And Austin Kleon's book? Can there be two more glaring…
...the whole blue valley spread out before us, and the monastery and all the barns and gardens standing amid the trees below us under a big blue sweep …
--Guest Blog Post By Suzanne Parsons Greetings, Dear Readers! I'm Suzanne, Tina's sister-in-law in Kansas--yes, I sew and quilt and make things. My too…
John Kinsella: Is this heaven? Ray Kinsella: It's Iowa. John Kinsella: Iowa? I could have sworn this was heaven. --Field of Dreams (1989) *** Did you k…
Autumn returned like an old friend. Oh, you’re back. I’ve missed you! Evening temps dipped into the 40’s. Yellowing leaves rustled in the cottonwood tr…
Couldn't resist sharing Jim Gaffigan's humorous take on Indiana (above). He was born there. He's allowed to poke fun. For true Hoosiers--those who stay…
I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of America.--Sarah Bernhardt Illinois, "Land of Lincoln," truly reflects our country. Its complexities. Its challenges…
I'm late, I'm late For a very important date. No time to say hello, good-bye, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late! --"I'm Late," sung by White Rabbit in Disne…
"Hawaii is not a state of mind but a state of grace." --Paul Theroux A-list travel writer Paul Theroux--author of a dozen-plus travel books and over 28…
Family Day at the Dublin Woolen Mill, 1954 (Source: Pieces of...Our Past) My Father loved the 'Woolen Mill', it was his life. He especially loved the p…
Rain threatens once more here in already-soggy Nor Cal. As the gathering clouds throw darkness across my laptop's screen, a quick search shows it's 80 …