One Fish Two Fish; Old Fish New Fish

New Fish! I have a cold and wasn’t up to snorkeling or being hot so I slept away the day that Jerry, Gale and Tom went to the Great Barrier Reef. By all accounts it was a great day but the greatest part was that my husband, who seems to have a curse on him…

Hello, Sydney

Too busy catching up with myself to have much to share these first few days away. Boy have I been out of touch with me. The Sydney Opera House is gorgeous in all its moods and I must have taken 50 shots. I’ve seen a million opals, fallen in love with half of them and…

The hopes and fears ~~ December 24, 2017

Waking up in Bethlehem the day before Christmas Eve. I don’t think I’ve been in a sadder place. It’s Palestinian territory, landlocked in the West Bank, surrounded by walls designed by Israelis to keep terror and violence where they belong, which, they are determined, will not be in Israel. The day before, we arrived shortly…

Food, Food, Food ~~December 11, 2017

And more food. Yesterday was a walking food tour of Beirut. We ate ourselves silly and learned a ton about Beirut and Lebanon from Iffat, our truly amazing, warm and wonderful guide from Taste Lebanon. She spent the day with us, from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm (when we even got a peek at the…

Dad, Words, Food, Love ~~ reprinted from June 16, 2004

Originally posted on My Plate or Yours:
I wrote this in 2004. Appropriately enough, it went out over the AP wire. I’m missing my dad a lot today. We’ll be having spaghetti for dinner tonight for sure.  BLOOMINGTON, Ind. June 16, 2004 Father’s Day is upon us again, a day that is all about dads,…

For Mom ~~ reprinted from May, 2014

For Mom For the first time in my life, this Mother’s Day will dawn and I will have no flowers to send, no call to make, no smile coming over the line, filled with pleasure at the sound of my voice. The idea of a Mom-less Mother’s Day makes me so sad I am tempted…