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Dear Friends

I have been away for a while, writing my book. It is finished (!) and I am back now. I hope you enjoy today’s blog. Alice   Advertisements


“Alice, remember the time my three nephews stayed at our house and I took them up skiing?” “No, I don’t.” “Sure you do.  I cooked hot dogs on the grill and we all laughed when I went out on the patio with my winter jacket and gloves.” “That does sound funny.” “Remember now?” “Nope.” There […]

Just Around the Corner

1969 The wooden door was massive, suitable for a castle.  It could have been surrounded by an alligator-infested moat, inhabited by fairies and trolls, princes and princesses.  The heavy iron knocker, lifted by many weary travelers seeking refuge, beckoned. Instead, Pat rang the doorbell. I might not be living out a tale from the Brothers […]

Shopping at Costco

Andrew was visiting us at the house.  He asked, as he was getting his coat on, “What are you and Dad doing for the rest of the day?” “We’re going to Costco.” “You’re kidding, right?  Mom, there are certain things couples my age know not to do.  For instance, I’d never take my girlfriend to […]

Mothers & Daughters

Martha and I have been friends since 1985.  Sometime around 2005 we made a commitment that when our sons were grown and we retired we would form our own bowling league and meet weekly.  Which we did. It is still great fun. Today the place is packed.  The schools are on winter break and we […]

A Home Away From Home

I have learned to appreciate the balance between habit and adventure.  I need my day to begin with ritual and a very strong cup of coffee.  I am always the first one up, quietly padding downstairs, pushing the “on” button of the already prepared coffee maker, the cat greeting me with a muted meow.  The […]

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 […]