Fresh Tomato Pasta Bowl – Celebrating the Abundance of the Season

Fresh Tomato Pasta Bowl – Celebrating the Abundance of the Season

When the Texas heat is in full swing, that’s when our gardens and farmers’ markets are chock-full of flavorful produce choices. As soon as the first good tomatoes appear, I snatch them up. I buy fresh basil and a good-sized chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and whip...

Home Sweet Austin: Our New Hometown

Home Sweet Austin: Our New Hometown

Moving from our home of 34 years in Dallas to Austin, Texas, took a lot of work. After the arrival of our first granddaughter, our hearts yearned to be closer, to be actively involved in her life in a way that a three-hour drive couldn't provide. So we moved to...

Sarlat: A Medieval Town You’ll Never Forget

Sarlat: A Medieval Town You’ll Never Forget

A fairytale come to life—that was my first impression of Sarlat.  On a train journey that started in Paris, I had already spent time in many lovely French villages.  I even stayed in a wine chateau in St. Emilion.  But Sarlat was something else entirely. Read...

Attending Austin Bat Fest

Attending Austin Bat Fest

Austin, TX is home to North America’s largest urban bat colony with an estimated population of over 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed bats. Their nightly emergence from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge makes for a captivating natural phenomenon which enthralls...

Planning A Trip to South Dakota

Planning A Trip to South Dakota

South Dakota’s combination of natural beauty, historic landmarks, and Native American culture makes it a must-travel destination for those seeking to explore the heart of America. The state’s landscapes range from rolling prairies to the majestic Black Hills and are a...

Grieving for Lahaina Along with the World

Grieving for Lahaina Along with the World

I first learned about the August 2023 wildfires that ravaged Lahaina on the evening news; it hit me like a punch to the gut. Seeing the complete devastation of a place I’ve known and loved was heartbreaking. It was like watching a horror movie on repeat, visuals of...

Exploring Southwest Austin and its Charming Hill Country Neighbors

Exploring Southwest Austin and its Charming Hill Country Neighbors

Southwest Austin is a hidden gem offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and outdoor recreation with a laid-back lifestyle. I recently moved from big-city life in Dallas to the rural countryside of Southwest Austin. I chose this area for the peaceful natural...

Supporting Maui’s Recovery: Seven Ways to Help

Supporting Maui’s Recovery: Seven Ways to Help

Our family has been a part of the Spirit of Maui for over three decades. Our sons met their teacher under Lahaina’s iconic banyan tree for their first surf lessons. The melodies of live music at Fleetwood’s on Front Street and the simple joys of shaved ice from the...

Unveiling the Charms of Coastal Maine on a Historic Tall Ship

Unveiling the Charms of Coastal Maine on a Historic Tall Ship

Coastal Maine is renowned for its rugged beauty, charming coastal towns, and rich maritime history. One of the best ways to explore this picturesque region is by embarking aboard a historic sailing schooner. These majestic vessels provide a unique opportunity to...

Off The Beaten Path In Otranto, Italy

Off The Beaten Path In Otranto, Italy

Located on the southeast coast of the Salento Peninsula along the Adriatic Sea, Otranto is a picturesque seaside town with charm galore on the tip of the stiletto heel of the Italian boot. A lovely coastal village that begs to be explored on foot, Otranto endears...

No More Adventures At Our Age?  Don’t Be Silly.

No More Adventures At Our Age? Don’t Be Silly.

Embracing new experiences and seeking adventures can bring fulfillment, personal growth, and a sense of vitality, regardless of age. The stereotype that adventurous endeavors are reserved for the young is just flat wrong.  Life is an ongoing journey with endless...