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Trips & Tips

On to Auckland-February 22, 2020

The flight from San Francisco to Auckland was unexpectedly easy, especially once the stewardesses started pouring Chardonnay! Before putting on my sleep mask, I watched the movie Wild, which seemed like an appropriate choice! By the time I woke up, we were touching...

First stop-San Francisco! February 19 and 20, 2020

Once in the City by the Bay, we grabbed an Uber and checked into Hotel Zephyr in the historic Fisherman’s Wharf District. Billed as “shipyard chic” it turned out to be one of those hotels that looks trendy and fun online, with shuffleboard, firepits, and a S’morez...

Traveling in 2020-Sue and Judie’s epic adventure

It all started one morning in April 2019 when I opened an email from my sister Judie. “Let’s do something crazy…come to New Zealand with me!” it said. My initial reaction was “I can’t possibly do that. It’s too far, too expensive, and I’ve got too much going on in the...

A Writer’s Resolutions

As one calendar year ends and a new one begins, I spend some time thinking about the past twelve months. What did I like about them? What could use some improvement? How can I effect change in the parts of my life that I don’t really care for? 2019 was tough in a lot...

How Would you Rediscover America?

Since I returned from my mini-Steinbeck odyssey, I’ve had the chance to read Peter Zheutlin’s (a festival guest speaker) soon-to-be-released book The Dog Went Over the Mountain. Motivated by John Steinbeck, Zheutlin took a cross-country trip in 2018 with his rescue...

Solo in Salinas: How Much Fun was That?

I recently returned from a solo trip to Salinas, CA. While there, I attended the 38th Annual Steinbeck Festival “In Search of America” at the National Steinbeck Center, right in the heart of Salinas. This year’s highlighted book just happened to be one of my...

Travel Tip: Spending a Different Kind of Day in Dallas

With two sons currently living in Texas, I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of stereotypes about the Lone Star State out there. For example, in Dallas everything is slathered in barbeque sauce, everyone drives a big truck and carries a gun, and the men there...

Vacation Tip: Where to Eat in Chicago

A restaurant has to be really exceptional for me to giveit a five-star rating. Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse on West Kinzie was thatgood. After a long day visiting the Shedd Aquarium and strolling around sunny Chicago,we were all starving. The kids and I decided to...

Vacation Tip: Choosing Your Hotel

Fresh from an excellent five-day vacation in San Antonio, Texas, I’m going to write about a few of the considerations that made our trip so enjoyable. Our group included me, my good friend Jeanne, my son Russ, and two of his friends. The first mutual decision Jeanne...