The last days

The last days

These are pictures of our last few days in Hawaii.  In the depths of winter, I will look at these and wish. Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. -Henry James

The Big Island

The Big Island

For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the spirit of … Continue reading

I Could Live There

I Could Live There

You know those questions some people ask at dinners and parties – “If money was no object, what if?”.  I recently went to dinner where the conversation questions included “what superpower would you have”, “what would your everyday car be”, and “where would your primary home be”.  And though there was an attempt to ridicule … Continue reading

Wonder Forever

Wonder Forever

Happy 50th Anniversary to my in-laws!  Thanks to this admirable celebration of their love and family, we were (luckily) a part of a grand celebration in Hawaii.  It was the honeymoon they’d never had.  It was a vacation and an adventure like we’d never had. Hawaii is one of those places on many lists – Most … Continue reading

This Summer – a recall on blue

This Summer – a recall on blue

I took my summer Sperrys out for a walk yesterday, wishing for sunshine. I searched for colors, saw two things I had never seen before, got rained on a little, and shared an overhang with a woman and her gorgeous handbag. While I take a few days to sort photos from our recent travels, I thought … Continue reading

Gu Gong

Gu Gong

Where was an Emperor to live with his Empress and 14 concubines during the Qing Dynasty?  A little place in the middle of Shenyang did nicely. The Shenyang Imperial Palace (Gu Gong  沈阳故宫) is more than 60,000 square meters, 300 rooms, and home to 40,000 relics from the Qing Dynasty and other royal families.  The main buildings were constructed … Continue reading

My Heart is Here

My Heart is Here

Last week, it was time for our annual cupcake decorating day at school.  This is a day when I bring in 5 dozen cupcakes, perfect frosting, and so many sugary decorations that the children either squeal or stop in their tracks when they see the options.  Then the delicate construction process begins.  The next day was … Continue reading

Yes. Please.

Yes. Please.

There were quite a few authentic and traditional Chinese dishes we had to try when we went to Xi’an.  We did our very best to eat our way up and through the Muslim Quarter.  Some things, we had to try more than once or twice, just to give it a fair shake. Rou jia mo … Continue reading

Build Yourself an Army

Build Yourself an Army

Is it only emperors who can build themselves an army?  My friend, the talented potter / highly educated chemist, can she build herself an army of ceramic cats to protect her from unseen forces?  If I buy enough souvenir Eiffel Towers and display them in organized columns, will they come to life and become my … Continue reading

You Are Cordially Invited

You Are Cordially Invited

It took me a while to attend my first Chinese wedding.  I’ve seen the traditional processions on the streets, the photo displays in hotels, and the marketing power that is the 80 billion dollar wedding industry in China.  It wasn’t until September 2013 that I experienced it as a friend, and this month gave me my … Continue reading