DC Wanderings: You’ll Find Nary a Native at this Georgetown Hotspot

DC Wanderings: You’ll Find Nary a Native at this Georgetown Hotspot

Once upon a time, in a showing of bipartisanship never seen before or since in this capital city, all of the residents of Washington got together to discuss an important matter. A vote was taken, and it was unanimous. We were not joining the masses. None of us were ever going to set foot in [...]

The Hidden Beach of the Marietas Islands: Our Spectacular Day in Beautiful Hell

The Hidden Beach of the Marietas Islands: Our Spectacular Day in Beautiful Hell

Off the coast of Punta Mita lies a group of small, uninhabited islands. Formed thousands of years ago by volcanic activity, today they are protected by the Mexican government. But this was not always the case. In the early 1900s, bombs from military testing caused craters and caves. Eventually, this stopped and now only about [...]

The Best Collections Don’t Start with the Word Collectible

The Best Collections Don’t Start with the Word Collectible

Hummels, Precious Moments, Pokémon cards, Thomas Kinkade prints and, of course, Beanie Babies. All of us who lived through the late 20th century remember being told, and told again, that they were going to be mega valuable someday.  Us scoffers who didn't collect them would be left wishing we had. In the 1990s, I was [...]

10 Back to School Gifts for Teachers that Will Suit Your Pocketbook (And Aren’t Tacky)

10 Back to School Gifts for Teachers that Will Suit Your Pocketbook (And Aren’t Tacky)

It's that time of year again. The kids are headed back to school, and soon the house will be quieter and cleaner (well, maybe.) I had lunch with one of my friends a few days ago, and she confided that even though she had been saying all summer that she was just counting the days, [...]

How to Start a Blog

How to Start a Blog

As Told by a Know-Nothing Novice Today is the anniversary of when I first started blogging. The one week anniversary.  During this period, I have picked a WordPress theme. I set up Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest pages.  I scoured my computer for semi-recent photographs that are a) of me and only me, b) not [...]