Book Reviews, Writing

Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 2

In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway struggled to make the jump from journalist to novelist. In A Moveable Feast, he describes the steps he took to improve his writing, as well as his decision to turn down good paying reporting gigs to hone his craft. Yesterday, I highlighted the first three lessons about writing that can… Continue reading Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 2

Book Reviews, Writing

Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 1

Ernest Hemingway makes 1920s Paris come alive in A Moveable Feast. Feet splash in puddles. Fires warm cafes in the Paris of December. The smell of baguettes fresh out of the oven fills the air. Copious amounts of white wine accompany dishes of oysters or fried fish. But there’s more. The reader also learns of… Continue reading Six lessons for writers from Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast – Part 1

Travel

How art and research boost the pleasure of a big trip

When I was a kid, anticipating Christmas brought almost as much pleasure as the day itself. List making, tree trimming, shaking and squeezing packages while guessing the contents rivaled opening the gifts on December 25. As an adult, something similar happens when I book a big trip. Learning about my travel destination and understanding the… Continue reading How art and research boost the pleasure of a big trip

Health

Three benefits of walking six miles with a loved one

What possessed me to suggest taking a long walk on a Sunday morning? That I can’t remember. But I do know that somehow, I convinced my husband to give it a try. A year later, we continue our weekly walking dates. Our outings began in August 2017 in Forest Park, an oasis of nature in… Continue reading Three benefits of walking six miles with a loved one

Gardening, Reflections

Surprising results from zombie tomatoes

What do zombie tomatoes, a little bit of love, a touch of neglect, and ultimately letting go -- without giving up -- have to do with success? Well, I’m going to tell you. In March of 2017, my husband and I decided to grow tomato plants from seeds. We planted them in our basement under… Continue reading Surprising results from zombie tomatoes

Travel

Pikes Peak: Stunning vistas at the summit

What do Bigfoot, “America the Beautiful,” and a hundred-year-old car and motorcycle race have in common? Pikes Peak, the third-highest mountain in Colorado. Sun Mountain and Sun Mountain Sitting Big were the earliest names for Pikes Peak. The Arapaho dubbed it Long Mountain. Spanish explorers gave it the title El Capitán, according to the website… Continue reading Pikes Peak: Stunning vistas at the summit

Travel

Cruising up Pikes Peak in a Mustang

“I can get you a good deal on a convertible Mustang.” How did the Budget rental car agent get inside my head? It was after 1 a.m.—and two flight delays. My husband and I were going to pick up a Ford Fiesta at the Denver International Airport car rental office. But then the Mustang offer… Continue reading Cruising up Pikes Peak in a Mustang

Gardening, Humor, Writing

How do you connect with your muse?

The nine muses were Greek goddesses presiding over literature, science, and the arts. Even now, writers, poets, painters, musicians and yes, even scientists, ask their muses for help when it comes to solving problems, tapping inner creativity, or just finding a bit of inspiration. But the muse – or at least mine -- is elusive.… Continue reading How do you connect with your muse?