Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is a beautiful, peaceful city and I had a lovely time. Stayed just a few blocks from downtown in a quaint B&B. The restaurants are amazing, as is the beach. Loved the courthouse and the museum. Downtown was so clean and spacious and the city is extremely walk-able. The week I spent there [...]

Today at the Lakefront

In recent years I've mostly used Chicago's lakefront for utilitarian purposes: running or walking. I've rarely gone to just hang out and enjoy the day. I'm always too busy. In years past, especially when one niece in particular lived in the city, we'd go there almost weekly to sit on the rock croppings to talk, [...]

Lead me not into temptation, iPhone cell phone carrier keeps sending me offers to trade in my old iPhone for the latest version for a measly 300 bucks. First, it hasn't even been a year since I got my current phone, the iPhone 6, and it's working just fine. Secondly (or sadly, as some people think), I am one of [...]

Bright New Shiny Things

Spring is here and throwing off the heavy shackles of winter, my mind (like other people's, I'm sure) naturally turns to lighter, less weighty things, particularly in terms of colors and fabrics. Right now I'm fixated on getting a new purse (or two or three), and my attention keeps going back to the Coach drifter [...]

Please and Thank You

Dear God: I wonder if you would make it possible for me to win in the next drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery. I don't need to win the whole shebang; one or two million would suffice. If you aren't amenable to that, perhaps you'd fix things so I'd somehow win the "$5,000 every week [...]

A Thing of Beauty

Neopolitan crèche at The Art Institute of Chicago -- not a painting. I went to the Art Institute of Chicago on Sunday just because I hadn't been in a long time, and wanted to see something beautiful. None of the nieces and nephews were around, so off to the Art Institute I went. I visited [...]

Same Old, Same Old It's been hard for me this year to get into the spirit of the holiday season -- just as it has been, I imagine, for millions of others. I'm still not feeling it, so today I decided to pull out my old standby, "All I want for Christmas is You", as sung by Olivia [...]

So…THIS happened.

My week has been kind of lousy. I've been sick and fighting it and life in general has just been a bit off kilter. But then...this happened. On a whim I entered a sweepstakes I saw on Facebook. Grand prize was a $1,000 gift certificate to new the Verizon destination store and a chance to [...]

Valentine’s Day Today's a day we get bombarded with everything seemingly having to do with love. I thought I'd add my two cents and share some music that I like. Hollywood going back and mining their vaults for material from simpler times with remakes of the movies About Last Night and Endless Love made me think [...]