A post-Christmas, pre-New Year's jaunt to New York

 We enjoyed a beautiful but frigid visit to New York City, post-Christmas and pre-New Year's.<...more

A grateful heart: Donating granulocytes, gaining compassion

She got me with a "foot in the door" technique. As a some time scholar of persuasion, I can't believe I fell for it, but after helping to hopefully save a life this week, I'm so glad I did....more

Here's to actually achieving goals in 2015

 On New Year's day, I read a short article about how of the people...more

Cranberry Kick report: Day 1 of detox drinks with my Juice Plus ladies

 Cranberry Kick challenge for January: A detox drink...more

Nothing says Happy New Year like a flight in the Cessna 190

41 degrees on New Year's morning, preflighting the Cessna 190. Starting 2015 out right!No lies, I was in bed and asleep by 9:45 last night. Some New Year's eve, huh?...more

Uppity green bean casserole

Last year's casserole, bottom left.Sauteed thinly sliced mushrooms bathed in a creamy, garlicky bechamel. Fresh crunchy green beans, blanched. Crispy sliced onions....more

It's complicated: Why I prefer to forget Thanksgiving

Am I really being screamed at, literally screamed at, in front of the entire family?This thought ran through my head as my then-fiance (now husband) and I grabbed the folding chairs we had just brought in and hurried through my father’s garage to the car whose engine hadn’t had a chance to cool off yet.Screaming down the freeway, it was 20 minutes before I was able to speak without blubbering incoherently....more

I'm tired of the ugly talk about Ferguson

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A few things I learned about Chicago

 Downtown ChicagoAlthough my most recent trip to Chicago for the Nat...more

Why I'm afraid of Ebola

 Photo by Ryan McGuire of Gratisography. Used with permission.On an airplane, I’m that person. The one who immediately upon boarding pulls out a Wet Wipe (or two) and disinfects all the hard surfaces I might touch during the flight....more