The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 24: What Happened to Casanova?

Your Virtual Italy Vacation continues in Venice as Thor and I take the Secret Itinerary tour through the Doge’s Palace and the adjacent prison where Casanova was held. NOTE: Since European travel is still a no-go with the pandemic continuing, I’m … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 23: Venice, Basilica di San Marco

Your retro Virtual Italy Vacation continues as Thor and I admire Venice’s magnificent basilica, with its blend of Eastern and Western styles. NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series offering … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 22: Arrival in Venice

Your retro virtual Italy vacation continues as Thor and I take the train from the rugged coast of Cinque Terre to the canals of Venice. NOTE: Since European travel is still a no-go with the pandemic continuing, I’m continuing my blog … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Hawaii, part 4: Lots of Lava!

Join Thor and me as we trek across a lot of lava on Hawaii’s Big Island and learn about the geology of the islands. NOTE: Thor and I decided on a quick trip to Hawaii’s Big Island to stretch out … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Hawaii, part 3: Exploring the Northwest End of the Big Island

Join Thor and me as our Hawaii trip continues with an exploration of the Big Island‘s northwest features. NOTE: Thor and I decided on a quick trip to Hawaii’s Big Island to stretch out summer a bit as our gray, rainy … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer on Veterans Day: Cadet Nurse Corps in WWII

On Veterans Day, as we honor all who have served in the military, let’s look at the seldom-mentioned contributions of nurse cadets during WWII. Because of a crisis shortage of qualified nurses during the World War II, a new program … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer: Another Day Seized!

In which Thor, Bear dog, and I seize the day as sun breaks through our Pacific Northwest autumn deluges. “Carpe Diem” — “Seize the day” — we have been exhorted at least since the Roman poet Horace and the Greek … Continue reading

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Katharine Eliska Kimbriel’s review of Sara Stamey’s novel PAUSE and mini-interview

I loved Pause.  It’s a swift, absorbing read for the right audience. It’s not a classic romance, but matters of the heart are weighed. TW for emotionally abusive ex-husband & father in past of the timeline–yes, the past set Lindsey … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer: Halloween and Day of the Dead

Musings as the wheel of the year turns toward winter, and the veil thins between the living and the dead. Tomorrow is Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain, on the cusp of the season when traditionally the veil between the worlds … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Hawaii, part 2: A Secluded Cove

Join Thor and me as we hike over lava fields on the Big Island to find a paradise cove and snorkel with a young Honu sea turtle. NOTE: Thor and I decided on a quick trip to Hawaii’s Big Island to … Continue reading

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