Monthly Archives: July 2013

Waving Goodbye

I was never a fan of scary rides but I looked forward to my summertime visits to Elitch Gardens.  It was not your average amusement park.  Founded in the 1890’s they prided themselves on the beauty of their flowers as much as the variety of games and rides.  Nobu and I went every summer from […]


1986 Nobu lost his job when the company he worked for closed, another victim of the failing oil and gas industry of the 80’s.  We needed money for Christmas so I took a job as an on-call banquet waitress at a nice hotel. There were many challenges re-entering the work force after years of staying […]

The Red, White and Blue

I particularly enjoy the holidays where the expectations are straightforward and easy to to fulfill. On the 4th of July I know what to eat (anything barbecued, especially hot dogs and hamburgers) what to have for entertainment (fireworks!), what to wear, even how to feel–patriotic. It really is a great day to be an American. […]