Gratitude and Giving (chp.1)

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”- Emily Dickerson Happy Birthday to me! This is my birthday month. A new year, a new day with many possibilities. I have racked myself trying to figure out what to do or where to go to celebrate this passage of time. After all, I will be a speed limit this year (55) and there are so many things to do. I’ve decided to.. Read More

Send a little love my way

“Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest…It’s about who came, and never left your side.”-Unknown During the holiday season, there are many people who haven’t anyone to spend these special moments with. In fact, its assumed that during this time of year, suicides and depression increase. According to several studies including one by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, “Researchers found that depression rates and suicides actually drop during the winter months and peak in the spring.”.. Read More

Flapjacks, Hotcakes, Pancakes and More (GSA chp.5)

I have a love that will never hinder, the love of pancakes. I’m always on the lookout for the best in them from anywhere at any time of day.  In the October, 2012 issue of Runners Magazine, a featured story about pancakes sparked my attention. In it, a reader mentioned that his fave pancake joint is the Gazebo Restaurant in Lahaina, Hawaii. After my two-hour training session, (yes I’m preparing for my second.. Read More

The Grass Skirt Affair (chp.2)

“Seize an opportunity every single day.” After the mad drive to LA and the inevitable security search at the airport, it was finally time to board my Delta flight to Hawaii. At 7 p.m. west coast time the crowd gathers and moves forward from 1st class to economy. As I make my way to the back of the plane, I look at the faces of the men in first class and wonder “could he.. Read More

Lila loves Lulu’s

  When you enter Lulu California Bistro, 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, think of Dave Brubeck and his classic tune, Take Five. The clean, light, tasteful colors calm you from the searing Palm Springs heat. The song, “It’s a Love Thing,” by the Whispers, plays overhead while your eye cruises the interior. Split level dining areas take you from a ramped area that leads to one level as a swirl staircase moves you.. Read More

Bumpin’ at the Bagdad Cafe (CA chp.6)

I’m always on the lookout for the fun and unusual places on the Route 66 trail. Now I’ve never seen the movie Bagdad Café, but a lot of people from Europe have. The day I pulled onto the gravel lot at 46548 National Trails Hwy. Newberry Springs, CA, I noticed the large white European travel bus parked a slight distance from the building. Several people clicked away on their cameras while others milled.. Read More

Color Me Happy (CA chp.2)

“Some of us come on earth seeing-some of us come on earth seeing color.” Louise Nevelson A splash of color in life is all you need to change its rhythm. The vibrancy displayed at 1800 East Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA, is the Saguaro. The bright orange words that give a jolt to the corner, gave me a reason to stop and ask what this building was all about. I walked through the.. Read More

My oh My…Hamburger Mary’s (CA chp.1)

Sometimes a girl has to call it a day when chasing down leads about the whereabouts of Monsieur and the white Audi S5. Hunger begins to take over and all sense of reason goes out the window. That is where Hamburger Mary’s comes in. A statue of a shapely blonde, dressed in a mini dress, fishnet hose and heels while holding a crazy, mad stacked hamburger in her left hand. The restaurant, at.. Read More

Hit the Road Jack, ( Westbound chp. 3)

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”- St. Augustine Crossing the state line of New Mexico places you into the Land of Enchantment. Hit the rest area first because these are far and few in the state. Set your watch to mountain time and move forward through desert terrain. While here, a visit to my friends, Mike and Betty Callen, owners of the Tee Pee.. Read More

Hit the Road Jack (Westbound chp. 2)

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose site of the shore” Andre Gide Once you pass the town of Texola, you cross the state line of Texas. Route 66 greets you with the first town called Shamrock and the famous, U Drop Inn at the Crossroads of America, U.S. Highway 83 and Historic Route 66. The first time I found this building, it was empty, a ghost of.. Read More

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