Search
Close this search box.

Uncategorized

We have no clue

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Playa Sonrisa, part 2

Join Thor and me as we snorkel in one of our favorite spots in the world — the “Blue Lagoon” in the marine preserve near remote Xcalak, Mexico. Another Geezer Adventure. NOTE: Due to major body and computer/camera breakdowns during the fall and winter, it’s difficult to get new photo essays up. Thor and I just […]

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Playa Sonrisa, part 2 Read More »

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Playa Sonrisa, part 1

Thor and I return to our favorite Caribbean beach and reef for snorkeling and some important celebrations. Another Geezer Adventure. NOTE: It’s been an intense four years starting with the pandemic and extended family losses, way too many surgeries for Thor and me, and my two difficult skirmishes with recurrent never-smoker lung cancer. On the

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Playa Sonrisa, part 1 Read More »

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Greek Island Easter

Join me for memories of Easter celebration on a Greek island. NOTE: I’m revisiting memories of my first backpacking trip around Greece in 1981, including an Easter week stay at a remote village on the south coast of Crete. I have only a few photos remaining from that trip, so some here are from later trips

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Greek Island Easter Read More »

The Rambling Writer Book Review: THE SCHEMES OF DRAGONS and THE WIZARD’S NEMESIS by Dave Smeds

The wizardry and plots only thicken with books #2 and #3 in this epic struggle of humans versus dragons in a vividly original fantasy world. Full disclosure repeated: Back in the 1980s, Dave Smeds and I were both being published by Ace Books, and we became friends at science fiction and fantasy cons. I greatly

The Rambling Writer Book Review: THE SCHEMES OF DRAGONS and THE WIZARD’S NEMESIS by Dave Smeds Read More »

Thanking the Fashion Goddess that We Don’t Have to Wear Girdles Anymore

Originally published October 2018 Enough of travel, writing challenges, random thoughts. I have tried, oh how I have tried, to write and think about anything other than what’s going on. But today, I am cutting off my restraints and letting it all hang out. I blame the media. I blame Mark Zuckerberg. I blame ignorance.

Thanking the Fashion Goddess that We Don’t Have to Wear Girdles Anymore Read More »

A Rambling Writer Guest Post: Geologist Thor Talks More Rocks

By popular demand, Thor explains the colorful variety of stones found in our Pacific Northwest. Sara asked me to contribute a blog on our recent obsession with rock tumbling.  First a little prologue about the local geologic context, and why we have such a variety of stones here in the Pacific Northwest: A few hundred

A Rambling Writer Guest Post: Geologist Thor Talks More Rocks Read More »

A Rambling Writer Guest Post: Geologist Thor Talks Marble

Join my paleontologist/geologist husband Thor Hansen as he talks about our fascination with marble pebbles we collect on Greek beaches. Today we talk about marble.  Marble is beautiful, relatively easy to carve, and takes a nice shine, so it is no wonder marble is prized for sculpture and the interiors of buildings (not so good

A Rambling Writer Guest Post: Geologist Thor Talks Marble Read More »

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 21: Sacred Symbols and Shrines

A last tour of the Iraklion Museum of Archaeology, with an eye on the artifacts of sacred symbols and shrines. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 21: Sacred Symbols and Shrines Read More »

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 20: The Minoan Earth Goddess

Treasures in the Iraklion Museum of Archaeology illustrate the story of the ancient goddess of nature and fertility. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return

A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 20: The Minoan Earth Goddess Read More »

The Rambling Writer recalls Thailand and Lunar New Year Celebrations

Join Thor and me as we celebrate Lunar New Year in Bangkok, starting with traditional Thai dancers. NOTE: “And now for something completely different.” Thor and I made our first trip to Asia — the beautiful country of Thailand.  We were lucky to squeak through the pandemic flight closures in January/February of 2020 as we

The Rambling Writer recalls Thailand and Lunar New Year Celebrations Read More »