Browsing All Posts published on »August, 2015«

The Paternoster Elevator: You’ll Never See This in the US

August 31, 2015


This recent article about Germany’s paternoster elevators brought back a lot of memories! It seems that the German government was pushing to shut down the few remaining paternosters as a safety hazard (and as you read on, you may agree with them!), but German citizens pushed back just as hard to save the quirky elevators, […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Get Lost in Iceland

August 26, 2015


By Joan Larsen So close yet so remote. So magnificent that it beats out all comers on our planet. Until now, it has been my own secret hideaway on this earth – Iceland, the magnificent. For years, Iceland has drawn me back again and again like a magnet.   And once you too have received the […]

Donald Trump: Dangerous Rhetoric

August 24, 2015


Trump’s brand of intolerant, divisive rhetoric is mightily reminiscent of a certain historical figure. Four years ago, in 2011, Donald Trump was crashing around the Presidential campaign like an obscene bull with Mad Cow Disease.  This is what we wrote at the time (go to the link for the full text): Donald Trump has thrown […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Close Encounters of the Grizzly Kind

August 19, 2015


By Joan Larsen     August, 2015, Yellowstone National Park … and yet another hiker dead, killed and mostly eaten by a grizzly bear while hiking in the Park. The man, an experienced hiker, actually worked in the park and knew its dangers. Hiking alone especially is not recommended. All visitors are instructed to carry […]

Dorothy Stewart McElhaney: Best Obit EVER

August 17, 2015


A friend pointed out this obituary, which appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch last Tuesday. We have written previously that what matters in life is what you can pack into that little dash that appears between your birth date and your death date. Well, what a jam-packed dash this lady had, and what wit and humor! […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Bora Bora – A Glimpse of Paradise

August 12, 2015


By Joan Larsen By now, the world has heard the news of Jennifer Aniston’s and Justin Theroux’s posh wedding at their Bel Air, California mansion. But it was the lesser print that caught my eye: Jennifer and Justin, along with the largest wedding entourage I have seen, were spirited off to one of the most […]

Lucky Horses Revisited

August 10, 2015


I love my neighbor.  When we first moved here a few years back, she asked if I ride horses.  Well, I’ve done a little casual riding from time to time, but… let’s just say I have never owned a pair of jodhpurs.  Fortunately for me, my neighbor is not part of the hoity-toity, rarified horse […]

Joan Larsen Introduces Katrina Kenison: Solitude

August 5, 2015


It is with pure delight – and yes, more than a little excitement – that I introduce our guest author and writer today. Rarely do we find a woman who so wonderfully expresses in writing what we all think at times – the thoughts deep within that we never really fully articulate. Our guest today, […]

Bikes vs. Cars: A Local Hit-and-Run Brings Out the Uglies on Facebook

August 3, 2015


Bottom line: the primary responsibility in driving is to not hit anything, especially not human beings. This month, a man was riding his bicycle down a rural road in my area when he was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The driver had the good sense to stop and ask if the cyclist was […]