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  Mark Twain, that legendary American author, once lived in Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife and children.   Luckily for us, his beautiful home has been restored and must be one of the … more
We had wandered through the highs (Crown Jewels) and lows (Bloody Tower) of the Tower of London and were looking for some sustenance on our second day in London.   My daughter Liz had read about … more
After our trip to the Royal Mews, our band of intrepid travelers (daughter Liz, SIL Peter, granddaughter Adeline et moi) decided to take the Tube back to the Knightsbridge Station in our tony … more
I confess that didn’t wake up at 5 am last Saturday to see Charles III travel down the Mall in his royal carriage.   I woke up in time to watch a few minutes of the service when they … more
For my granddaughter Adeline’s ninth birthday in January, her parents (my daughter Liz and son-in-law Peter) gave her tickets for a tour of the Harry Potter Studios outside London.   And … more
Our third day in Brighton was cool and breezy, but not cold enough to keep us from visiting the famous Brighton Pier. Daughter Liz, son-in-law Peter, granddaughter Adeline, and I were guided through … more
Our trip to the UK was busy, but not frenetic. My daughter Liz, son-in-law Peter, and granddaughter Adeline and I had enjoyed our morning wandering through The Lanes in Brighton, but our … more
After our scandalously sweet visit to Julien Plumart’s patisserie in Brighton, UK, we (my daughter Liz, son-in-law Peter, granddaughter Adeline and our host Hari) were off to visit … more
Ah, dear Readers, we have recently returned from a whirlwind week across the pond. Our destination? Jolly old England! Our traveling party consisted of my granddaughter Adeline, daughter Liz, … more
Last Saturday evening, my friends Mary and Bob threw their annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner. They have been kind enough to feed us Mary’s incredibly tasty corned beef and cabbage dinner … more
Hey there, cats and kittens!   Hope you are all enjoying this wondering end-of-winter weather we’re having. I was just thinking about all those little signs that tell you that you are … more
You know, there are still a lot of us Baby Boomers out here, and we are getting a little tired of all the stairs in our houses. We are tired of walking upstairs to go to bed, and real tired of … more
Last weekend was very special for our family as we celebrated the launch of the new Kansas City International Airport, which a team of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) architects, led by my … more
  I have reached those happy golden years when this all-too-mortal flesh starts slowly falling apart. Luckily, I have not had to replace any major parts so far, but the hearing is beginning … more
Well, it finally happened…Covid has hit 8 family members in three states!   All at the same time!   And they all got it independently, no sharing among states.   How’s … more
I suppose it was inevitable, but it was still creepy.   Just last week I received two envelopes in the mail. Each had an image of my house on the front.   Each, of course, had my name on … more
I just saw a friend today who told me that her brother-in-law is in Westchester Medical Center.   He is in a running club and collapsed in the middle of a run a few days ago.   He was … more
Do you like to travel?  On these cold winter days, it’s fun to think about faraway places and plan trips, even if only in our daydreams.  I do have some trips on tap for the days … more
In the past few months, I have written about the box of letters that my Grandmother Katie Hill Kohler received from her various swains from 1919-1920.  Years ago, I had taken the box when we … more
This past Sunday I was treated to the pleasure of attending a Broadway performance of “Into the Woods” with daughter Liz, son-in-law Peter and granddaughter Adeline. This show is so … more
2022 went by in a blur and here we are, on the cusp of another brand-new year.   Here’s the best, the worst, and the most interesting of 2022, in no particular order:   BEST … more
Last week, I went to Florida to visit my sister Billie and her family.   The highlight of our trip was a performance of The Nutcracker, which starred my two grandnieces, Emily and Peyton Finch. … more
When we were cleaning out Grandpa and Grandma’s home in Kohlertown, we came across a box of letters.  I stuck them away in the attic and just the other day decided to look at … more
We are in that manic moment between Thanksgiving and Christmas when preparations for the holidays seem to consume all our waking moments.   I hope you all shopped Black Friday, Small … more
In these busy times, it is important to take a few moments to remember all that we have to be thankful for. I think we may even have a holiday to remind us to celebrate gratitude, don’t we? I … more
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