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 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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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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The Rambling Writer’s Hawaii, part 1: Snorkeling the Big Island

Join Thor and me as we return to the Big Island and renew acquaintance with our favorite snorkel site and fishy friends. NOTE: Listening to my doc’s concerns, and considering the complications of multi-destination European travel during the pandemic surge … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Hawaii: Return to the Big Island, part 1

Thor and I returned to the Big Island, Hawaii, to enjoy some snorkeling and sunshine before gloomy gray winter descends on our Pacific Northwest. Listening to my doc’s concerns, and considering the complications of multi-destination European travel during the pandemic … Continue reading

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