Ah, the romance of home for the holidays. NOT. For some the holidays are full of sweet family togetherness, joy and love. Not for you? Me neither. Never was. I could have used a "how to survive the holidays" manual. Maybe you could use one, too. Do any of these scenarios seem familiar? The . . .
It was a crisp, sunny blue-sky day in northern California. We’d spent the entire morning planning a three-week trip to France with friends for 2017. Emails flew back and forth between us, our friends who would be with us and our travel agent: When should we go? When would the spring flowers at . . .
The other day I read a long diatribe against the concept that "everything happens for a reason." The writer railed on about how there is no reason for bad things happening, that the entire concept of " a reason" is a blame-the-victim attitude, and on and on. It got under my skin a bit, because I . . .
I've rented vacation homes from Rome to Key West to London, San Francisco, Santa Fe and, well, several other places. Now that Air B&B has become the next big thing, bigger than sliced bread even, home rental vacations have increased in popularity. But the truth is that vacation rentals through . . .
We're celebrating pet adoptions and rescue pets today, a post Riley encouraged me to do. He believes in pet adoption 100% and wanted you to hear some stories about some of the cool cats and darling dogs adopted by our Facebook friends. I do know a little about pet adoption. In my 20s, I spent . . .
Luck and the Rule of Threes: Part Two (conclusion) When we closed yesterday's chapter, my water heater had sprung a huge leak late one night, but I was leaving the following afternoon for several weeks. The home warranty company had dragged its feet, until I found a kindred soul, who promised to . . .
Luck and the Rule of Threes: Part 1 Eleven years. That’s how long ago this happened and I wrote it. Eleven years. So much has changed since then, but one thing hasn’t: bad things happen in threes. Or do they? Read on to find out: Part 1 of a two-part story on just that topic. Suitcase and . . .
Ganesh looks like a cute happy elephant, but he's more than that. The elephant-headed deity is one of the most revered gods in Hinduism. We saw him all over India, and he's worshipped in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Jains and Buddhists are also devoted to him. Why is he popular? Ganesh has an important . . .
When do we really get old? What is old, really? Is it when we turn 70? 80? 90? It's not an age at all. I think it's when we lose our curiosity and our ability to be awestruck by the world around us. So, it's true--the older we get the more we see the darker side of things. Just think about what . . .
Holiday travel looms on the horizon and every flyer is concerned with and anxious to avoid the hassles of lost luggage. Of course, you can't avoid human error completely, but there are some things you can do to increase the odds that you and your luggage will celebrate the holidays together. Here's . . .