Let’s Tour Amelia Earhart’s Childhood Home

Amelia Earhart is in the news again due to a recently unearthed photo that indicates both Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may have survived a crash landing in 1937.  Her disappearance 80 years ago has long fueled the imaginations of people like me who enjoy making up their own stories about what really happened …

Destination: Pawhuska, Oklahoma–Yeeeeehaw!

When I mentioned at the end of my last post that I would next be reporting in from Pawhuska, Oklahoma, I had no idea the excitement that would generate—which is a testament to the overwhelming popularity of Ree Drummond (a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman) who has put the town on the map.  OK, I’m a little …

What Creative Mistakes Can Teach You

Have you ever started down a creative path and then midway through realized that reality was never going to match up with the vision you had in your head?  I hate when that happens!   Sigh.   That tends to happen to me a lot.   Despite my skepticism, I usually feel compelled to just keep going, …

The Long Way Home

I have a fantasy that has played in my mind many times over the years—usually when I’m on the highway heading for work in the morning.   There are a few variations, but the premise is always the same:  I’m on the highway and nearing the exit that leads to my job.  I turn on …

Sunday Morning Stroll

I had lunch with a friend yesterday, and between mouthfuls of cheese enchiladas and fish tacos we theorized as to the cause of our recent weight gains.  We settled on two causal factors (neither of which, by the way, had anything to do with enchiladas or tacos):  “getting older” and “lack of exercise.”  I’m putting …

Tassel Therapy

A few weeks ago I binge-watched the entire run of episodes of The Paradise, a British costume drama based on a novel by Emile Zola that was broadcast on PBS. Now, there’s something you should know about me:  I have great fondness for just about anything British.  I’m sure this stems from my many hours of …

Animals and Antiques in Omaha, Nebraska

It’s June, so it must be time for a visit to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.   My niece Mary and I established a new annual tradition last year of making a road trip in June to Omaha’s amazing zoo.   Mary’s birthday is in June, and since she’s an animal lover, I …

Destination: Midway Antiques Expo, Columbia, Missouri

The drive from Kansas City to Columbia, Missouri is long, occasionally very scenic, and seemingly devoid of restaurants! Where is a McDonald’s when you’re dying for one? My destination on Memorial Day was the Midway Antique Expo Center on the western edge of Columbia. I forgot to take pictures of Midway, which is too bad, …