Nawlins Nails It

We relished a New Orleans adventure in December 2014!  Three nights at the iconic Hotel Monteleone was the superb prize awarded by NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Association) for my 2013 Galapagos story. Previous trips there for business or pleasure took place pre-Katrina. Subsequently, our travel style and focus have transitioned a bit.  Yet this city’s people, culture, history, … More Nawlins Nails It

Elf Travels 11 to 15

Nonna wonders if the boy’s parents are becoming delusional, or simply up to their ears in parenting, work and holidaying.  There appears to be some discrepancy or repetition in the elf’s daily whereabouts. I will simply take literary license here. I’m a bit puzzled.  Is there is a connection between the character’s lofty placement and the father’s fibula stress fracture? … More Elf Travels 11 to 15

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The elf is upside down today when he is spotted high above on the mirror downstairs in the living room. The two year old is a bit skeptical.  He senses his Dad’s imprint in the scenarios, but he says nothing. And he plays along.

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Buddy was spotted from below in the air vent high above today. Big jumps were to no avail. Perhaps there is a bit of frustration on the part of the boy, or maybe it is simply wonder.

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Already the elf was part of the two year-old’s goodnights. This morning he surfaced on the ledge near the balcony. Tricky, he is.

Elfin Travels

Today the Elf was spotted on the center cherry red votive in the loft, not far from the boy’s room. The delight is huge, and the questions of a two year-old begin.  His dad appears sleepy. From “The Elf on the Shelf,” a book complete with elf by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, comes a tradition … More Elfin Travels

Heaven in H.B.

Yesterday, the sun shone brilliantly and the salty sea smells bee-lined into our nostrils. The sand and water appeared endless.  Surfers, frisbee-chasing dogs, families, couples and lone individuals dotted the horizon, seemingly rejoicing such abundance.  We, too, felt the harmony here on the Bolsa Chica bike trail to Huntington Beach. A quick stop for oranges and almonds from a … More Heaven in H.B.