Banff And Beyond

We arrived in Calgary a few days back and are here to explore the Canadian Rockies and it looks like I have been fooling myself all these years.  I was under the impression that Rockies are Rockies and why go all the way to Canada  when I can see them in Colorado.  WRONGOO!!  I have ...

On Writing Essays

When I was in grade school I was absolutely and thoroughly terrified of writing essays.  English in general was such a foreign concept to me.  English teachers seemed like they were hard to please.  The thing that got to me was that, unlike math, there was no right answer! English teachers seemed to me to ...

How to Mentally Prepare for the Camino

I am going to walk the Camino this fall and am looking forward to the time, the experience, the memories, and the relationships that will be formed.  So I am thinking about how to prepare for the journey on the way to Santiago.  When I think of preparing, I think of three different ways to ...

The 52nd Card

There I was, alone in a closet in Mom’s town home.  As a matter of fact I was alone in the house, late at night still searching.  Searching for any clues that were left to find.  It was less that two days since she passed ‘to the great beyond’, as my father liked to say.  ...

The Painted Ladies

The other day, I walked to the Painted Ladies, a well known landmark in San Francisco.  Painted Ladies is a generic term meaning any Victorian or Edwardian house painted in three or more colors. However, it is also is well associated with five prime examples in San Francisco near Alamo Square. Across the street from ...

What Tha?!?

I have been visiting Russ in San Jose, California for going on ten years now, and there is something that never ceases to amaze me. The landscape in the yards of old town San Jose bungalowsville is diverse and stunning. I walk by plants that would grow to a grand total of 1 foot in ...

Why do I Write?

Recently I have taken to writing for fun.  Something I never thought I would hear myself say.  I was terrified of english all throughout high school and college.  As a matter of fact, I only had one english teacher that I actually liked.  Thinking back I understand much better now why that was.  It was ...

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