In April billygoats arrived and a famous song came to mind. High on the hill stood a lonely goatherd... The ensemble was hired by my suburban city to provide the ubiquitous fire break.

“Yodel-ayee-yodel-ayee-yodel-ay-hee-hoo!”

Everyone knew their purpose: to keep us safe from seasonal fire that might rage down on our homes from the undeveloped hill.… ...

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I had a beauty make-over in the 80s at Image Works with my splendid friend, Sandi Clark. The purpose was to authenticate my adulthood, my move from co-ed to professional woman, if you will.

  • she added lipstick to ‘bring color to my face’, overriding the ’70s bare lips look
  • she insisted that I tweeze my eyebrows and
  • she suggested that I color my hair red

While I adopted the first, I declined #2 and #3.… ...

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nature     Nature is –

an ever-changing art museum. How lucky I am to have unlimited admission.

Where should I go to luxuriate in her glamour today, tomorrow, this summer, soon?

After six sets of house guests since January 1, hostessing other people’s vacations in our home, I need an adventure elsewhere – “Serenity Now!”...

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I took a blank paged book to Africa, to write in everyday impressions, facts, experiences. It’s a habit that we gleaned from my parents, the intrepid travelers we impersonate. We noticed that they recalled each of their trips in vibrant details, complete with facts and opinions.… ...

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