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Glad Midsommar

We departed Skane for Småland and a visit with family.  Our maternal great grandmother immigrated from Sweden in 1890.  Her brothers stayed in Sweden, and their family welcomed us for Midsommar. Småland is another beautiful area of Sweden with farms like … Continue reading

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Southern Sweden: Skåne , Viking Stones, and a Swedish winery (kind of)

I am back in Sweden for Midsommar, a beautiful time to visit.  After meeting my sister in Copenhagen, we took the very short train ride to Malmo, Sweden and picked up a rental car.  Sweden is an easy country for … Continue reading

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Springtime in Oregon

Lilacs are my favorite flower, but timing a visit to Oregon while they are blooming is problematic.  This past winter and spring have been very cold and rainy in Oregon, so most plants are a few weeks behind what they … Continue reading

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Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

Whether you celebrate Easter as the most religious of Christian holidays when Jesus rose from the dead, or celebrate the season as a pagan with the renewal of the earth (in the northern hemisphere) after a dormant winter and the … Continue reading

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Napa Valley to the Russian River Valley

Finding myself in San Francisco on a Friday night, and with no immediate need to get home and back to work, I decided to spend the weekend in Napa Valley. Past experience has taught me to keep the tastings to … Continue reading

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Black Sand, Cowries and Turtles, or, Just Messing Around

It should come as no surprise that there are many black sand beaches on Hawaii’s Big Island.  Driving the main highways (11 and 19), you see vast areas of lava flow fields cutting a wide swath from the flanks of … Continue reading

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Exploring Hawaii’s Big Island

Hawaii’s Big Island has a lot to offer besides warm water and sandy beaches.  As a matter of fact, beaches is the least of what this island has to offer.  How often do you get the chance to see volcanoes … Continue reading

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World Of Pinot Noir, Day Two

Having made rather merry the night before, we were glad for a later start on Day Two of the WOPN.  It also happened to be my birthday.  A walk on the rocky beach produced a few shells and some nice … Continue reading

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World Of Pinot Noir, March 3-4, 2017, Santa Barbara, CA

This past weekend, wine geeks, wine makers, and wine consumers gathered at the Bacara Resort & Spa to celebrate my favorite wine, Pinot Noir. My sister and I met in Burbank, and drove Hwy 101 north to Santa Barbara.  We … Continue reading

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Sightseeing Barbados

For our last full day on Barbados, we jumped into one of the many minibuses headed to the airport, and from there got a cab to the Sunbury Plantation House, better known on Barbados as The Great House.  The plantation … Continue reading

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