Life with a Dog

“The dog is the perfect portrait subject.  He doesn’t pose.  He isn’t aware of the camera.” Patrick Demarchelier The adorable pulchritude of a furry golden retriever regally relaxed in the chair, knowingly staring into the lens with an air of passionate sincerity, ears forward, gazing innocently with coal-black pools of endearment. In the fullness of…

Fall Visitors at the Beach

Family visitors in the cooler autumn season require creative entertainment options such as the historic Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, built in 1891 and one of the of the oldest Ocean City buildings.  With dual missions to prevent ship disasters on the shoals and rescue the ship-wrecked during the foul weather from November to April…

Off They Go

Today is the beginning of a special adventure for many kindergarteners.  And, for over 62 years, it has not changed.  This is the booklet my parents saved from my first year in public school.  Entitled “A Handbook for Parents of Beginning Pupils” and includes advice for families to assist in adjusting to “the first lap…

Visiting in Venice Beach

Spending time with the grandson in Venice Beach is such a treat, nothing like running and engaging with a nineteen month old.  He does a lot of the running and we do a lot of watching and responding to “up!” By far the most intriguing sights of the visit include the human scenery.  Sitting at…

Restaurant Soft Openings

Traveling is often filled with the unexpected and the hope for the extraordinary experience.  Visiting in Los Angeles lends itself to both, the lovely moments and the overrated.  Tonight we went to a “soft opening” of a restaurant.  For those who may not know, this is when a restaurant is still putting the finishing touches…

Sorting Through Life

I have had a storage unit for the many years since I left my long-term home in 1999 for a condo.  I am approaching that time in life when the kids live in different states and asked me to stop sending them their “childhood belongings.”  So, in an effort to finally shed the unnecessary in…

The Best Job Ever

Driving along Highway 1, it occurred to me that I have the best job ever. I am not paid in money and don’t have to worry about shifting tax brackets.  I have flexible hours.  Waking up anytime I want is an option. Breakfast at home with a leisurely cup of coffee is great, along with…