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
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
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
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
The three beignets crowded the plate. The warm pastries, fried dough about the size of fist, were topped with a generous coating of powdered sugar that spilled onto the table when the waitress at Springs Orleans restaurant set the dish down. I looked at the fritter-like treat and wondered: Would my Greek yogurt topped with… Continue reading Is it possible for breakfast to be both healthy and sinful?
“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