I am a sixth generation Texan, named for a multi-great grandmother who arrived in Texas in 1836 weeks before the battle at the Alamo. I grew up in Mississippi and New Orleans, have lived in both Seattle and Manhattan, and finally moved back to Texas in 1990’s.
I have a darling teenage daughter who heads off to university in the fall of 2017. I have been divorced and am now widowed. Finally, I am a colon cancer survivor.
My career has been in higher education, where I worked for over twenty-five years in many capacities, including teaching courses in web-related topics and managing academic departments. I am now writing and traveling full time — what a wonderful thing!
This website will be a forum for many things. I want to talk about life, in all of its rich, wonderful and terrifying forms. I want to share my travels, my thoughts on life, and my experiences as a woman and a mom. I want to talk about the nature of reality and the meaning of life, and to celebrate being alive.
Let’s go! — Two of my favorite words.
I seek to strike a balance between frequent travel and luxury travel.
By mixing intermediate and luxury, I can go more often. Sometimes this means staying at a pensione or a bed and breakfast for a couple of nights and high-end hotels on other nights — all on one trip. It might mean finding an amazing apartment, taking cooking lessons, and then trying the recipes myself.
I love to travel — whether it’s with my daughter, my sister, or friends — or by myself. Solo travel is very freeing — and I always meet interesting people.
Combining Luxury Travel and Less Expensive Travel
My approach the last year or so?
One year, a luxury trip to Italy, and then went camping and hiking in Big Bend National Park. Tall ship cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterrean, then road trips to New Orleans. All fabulous trips, but very different — and they struck a balance. That’s what it’s all about for me — maximum enjoyment for my travel dollars.
I like many kinds of travel: road trips, cruises, camping, and posh city stays focused on theater and fine food. You’ll find all of those things in my blog.
Travel Plans for 2017
What’s next? This is an important year for me, as I move towards making my travel and life blog my living.
Readers who’ve followed me for awhile know I keep talking about Poland . . . it’s on the list, but not planned yet.
This summer, we’ve booked a family trip to Zambia — on safari in the Luangwa River valley with Robin Pope Safaris.
Upcoming: My daughter graduates from high school in May, and we’re headed to Disney World with friends to spend a little time with The Mouse.
Find all of my travel articles here.
Thanks for coming to visit!
* * * Most of the photography on the site is my own. I also use photographs from Pixabay, and I purchase stock photos from Alamy, iStock Photo and 123RF Stock Photo.
Black and white portrait photograph by Herberts Verpakovskis.