To Catch a Thief

Lurking in the shadows and dark alleys, the rapacious thief is poised to pounce on unsuspecting prey. Is it stalking you? I always thought the Silent Thief of Sight only prowled "old people." I thought: "I'm not hitting the oldster off-ramp for another 20, 30 years. After all, I'm not even 60! Besides, my vision's … Continue reading To Catch a Thief

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THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Tent Campers of America, Untie! (That’s not a typo)

I’ve been misinformed.  In the noble days of camping yesteryear, tents were the only way any self-respecting camper would go.  Now it seems that most “campers” prefer taking their homes with them to the great outdoors, hauling TV, microwave, refrigerator, shower, electricity, chilled champagne and caviar and all the comforts of home with them to … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Tent Campers of America, Untie! (That’s not a typo)

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Hiking!

Striking out on a morning hike in the Cascades with the fam, the trail is initially clear, dry, and tantalizingly level. The sky’s an infinite bowl of blue.  Sam helps Josiah with his jacket and shoes. Sons Daniel and Nathan trade compliments and backpacks hauling chores.  The sun is warm. The breeze fresh. All is … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Hiking!

When a “Secret” is Too Good To Keep…

Every once in a while those “spur of the moment” ideas pan out pretty well. Like The Oregon Garden. We visited there recently on a fluke. Located about 20 miles east of Salem, The Oregon Garden is easy to miss. Don’t. Because I’ve been to downtown Salem. Ditto the Capitol Building. If you haven’t visited … Continue reading When a “Secret” is Too Good To Keep…

5 Effective Ways to Build Your Blog

Are you are blogger? Would you like to control your own schedule? Do you want to make a good living at blogging? Enough to be able to quit your job and blog full time? Let me show you how to build a money making blog! Just enroll in my specially-discounted razzle-dazzle on-line course and you … Continue reading 5 Effective Ways to Build Your Blog

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Resistance is Futile

Sleeping on the ground and a lack of hot water is getting to us.  A little punchy.  This morning I note that purchasing a tube of some vile-smelling substance called “Fire Paste” that some brain surgeon invented for “quick, clean fire starter.” Yeah, right.  And I’m the tooth fairy. The Directions I’m reading the directions: … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Resistance is Futile

BOOK NOOK: The Grimm Legacy

The Grimm Legacy #1 by Polly Shulman This book is just fun. Full of all sorts or unexpected twists and turns. Elizabeth’s after-school job leads to a world of excitement, romance, and magical intrigue. She works at library that lends objects, not books, and includes a secret room called the Grimm Collection. You do not … Continue reading BOOK NOOK: The Grimm Legacy

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Camp Cookery & Other Oxy-Morons

It seems my latest attempt at Coleman camp stove cookery earned the usual thunderous applause and rave reviews from the adoring masses. Noses wrinkled like raisins, the clan reacts to my latest camp concoction with predictable glee: “Yuck.  What IS this stuff?  What’re you trying to do, Mom, poison us?” “That’s Lowder campfire stew” I … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Camp Cookery & Other Oxy-Morons

SHORT CUTS: Saving You Time & Moola in the Kitchen

Welcome to Short Cuts, where we feature tips and hints to save you time and moola in the kitchen and elsewhere. Today's post is about saving time and $ on veggie prep while boosting flavor and nutrition: Never soak vegetables after slicing. They will lost much of their nutritional value. A lump of sugar added … Continue reading SHORT CUTS: Saving You Time & Moola in the Kitchen

BOOK NOOK: An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo I've been waiting for Michael Morpurgo's next work since I finished "War Horse." His latest, "An Eagle in the Snow," doesn't disappoint. In a dark mountain tunnel outside London (1940), a train waits out an attack from a German Messerschmidt 109. One car is occupied by a … Continue reading BOOK NOOK: An Eagle in the Snow