BOOK NOOK: The Lost Letter

The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor   The Lost Letter is a remarkable historical novel rimming with mystery, grit, and grace. Based on the work of the Austrian resistance to Nazi invaders via postage stamps (stamps!), "The Lost Letter" skillfully bridges two continents and 50 years. It spans 1938/39 Austria and 1989+ Southern California and … Continue reading BOOK NOOK: The Lost Letter

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Grandma Alice’s Old Fashioned Meat Loaf

When it comes to "comfort food," my maternal grandma, Alice, was in complete command. One of her best was an old-fashioned meat loaf. Here it is: Grandma Alice's Old Fashioned Meat Loaf: Ingredients: 1/2 lb. beef 2T. flour 1/2 lb. veal 1/4 tsp. sage 1/2 lb pork 3/4 tsp. pepper 2 C bread crumbs 1 … Continue reading Grandma Alice’s Old Fashioned Meat Loaf

BOOK NOOK: Gary & The Great Outdoors

Winter's retreating. Temperatures are climbing. Here in the Pacific Northwest, hikers, campers, and outdoor lovers are coming out of hibernation after a long, cold, winter. While we're readying our hiking gear, checking our camelbaks and planning our next outdoor adventure, now's a good time to get in a little outdoor reading, too. And when it … Continue reading BOOK NOOK: Gary & The Great Outdoors

The Race: A Mother’s Day Story

Mother's Day isn't a happy occasion for everyone. For some, "Mother's Day" is bittersweet. *** *** "You don’t have to get up this early" she smiled as I stumbled out of my bedroom. "I can drive myself. You go back to sleep." It was four o’clock in the morning. Saturday morning. The night before Mom … Continue reading The Race: A Mother’s Day Story

A Treat for MOM!

Looking for some place unique, peaceful, and absolutely lovely to take mom today? Show Mom how special she is by taking her to a special place: the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Picturesque, historic, and scented wonderfully by blooming lilacs, these gardens are as relaxing and serene as they are beautiful. I never knew there were … Continue reading A Treat for MOM!

Holding Hands: What I’ve Learned in 36 Years of Marriage

Snuggle Bunny and I celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Where did the time go? More importantly, in an era when a double nano-second constitutes a “long-term relationship,” how did we make it thirty-six years (and still going strong)? First off, we’re waaay too young to be that old. Second, it hasn’t always been easy. … Continue reading Holding Hands: What I’ve Learned in 36 Years of Marriage

Why ‘Mist on the River’ Flies High

First of all, relax. Secondly, don’t let the title throw you. You don't have to be a full-fledged member of the fly fishing fraternity to get into Michael Checchio’s “Mist on the River: An Angler’s Quest for Steelhead.” So if shallows and steelhead aren’t your cup of sunshine, don't fret. There are plenty of good … Continue reading Why ‘Mist on the River’ Flies High

Are You?

You probably know him or her. That person who’s 100% punctual. Always on time. Never, ever late. No. Matter. What. In fact, they’re usually early. Eager beavers. Rarin’ to go. So irritating, huh? Unless that person happens to be you. I’m what Snuggle Bunny cheerfully dubs “pathologically early.” Can’t help it. I was raised with … Continue reading Are You?