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Try Something New

Season of Change

Leaves Changing | Season of Change

Journey no farther than your own backyard. The beautiful colors of an autumn blaze maple are perfect to stop you in your tracks, give you time to reflect, decide what’s next in your life.

Maui Hiking: The Waihee Valley

Waihee Valley Waterfall Hike

The Waihee Valley trail in Maui is an unexpected and fun way to hike through the rain forest and to waterfalls, take a plunge into a pool and cross swinging bridges. Great for all ages, the hike was a highlight of our family vacation to Hawaii.

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Try something new for lunch today. Panzanella salad takes advantage of the summer tomatoes ripening on the vine and a day old baguette. Add a few vegetables, drizzle on the olive oil, and voilà!

Climbing El Montgó

Montgo mountain from house in Javea Spain

Climbing El Montgó, this impressive sheer mountain, in Javea, Spain made it on our Spanish bucket list. How could it not with “Monty” greeting me each morning out my kitchen window while I brewed my espresso. Don’t miss the amazing views.

Sharing the Backyard

Moving and Sharing the Backyard with In-laws

Try something new… like buying a house right behind your in-laws! Or… a new recipe or vacation spot. The point is… change can be good.

Octopus Out to Dry

Mediterranean Diet of Octopus

These drying octopuses hanging on a clothesline was an unexpected discovery.

Carnival of Cities

Public Art in San Francisco by Kirsten Alana

Join me on an around the world tour with a Carnival of Cities. Top travel bloggers share their favorite places and attractions from various cities, from public art in San Francisco to viking ships in Norway.


Best Paella Ever

This was the best paella ever in a year of sampling many in Spain. It was made from scratch by a local fisherman for a long Spanish lunch with new friends.

Where is Timbuktu?

Timbuktu in Sahara Desert

Growing up in 1970s Kansas, the exact middle of the United States, I always thought of Timbuktu as nothing more than an expression of distance, great distance. “It might as well be in Timbuktu!” Thirty years later, I learned different. Where do you think Timbuktu is?

Cooking a Whole Fish

Fresh dorado fish at the Central Mercado in Valencia, Spain.

I am determined to learn how to cook a whole fish while at home in Spain. My first attempt at dorado fell apart, a travail, but I enjoyed the experience to the fish market and mastered the Spanish recipe by the end of my travels.

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