Vacation Poses a Whole New Picture

I have been immersed in researching The Oregon Trail and life on the prairie in the U.S. in the mid 1800s for my next book, Pioneer Passage, coming out in December.  I have been working hard,  creating stories based on diaries of women traveling westward, patiently honing my tale, embroidering it with details, lost in the arduous…

Unplug to recharge

We pay more attention to the charge level on our portable electronic devices than we do to our own energy levels. Businesses now accommodate our fondness for phone or laptop usage: Airports have charging stations. Some aircraft have electrical outlets. Coffee shops help us stay plugged in and wired. But, how do we recharge ourselves?…

Whose needs are being met?

What came first: the chicken or the egg? One could argue about that topic without coming up with a definitive answer. But determining whether legs or wheels came first is not debatable. No child has yet been born with wheels instead of legs. Go ahead, google “child born with wheels.” There are no aliens or…

It Was A Great Day For A Voyage

A hardy band of members of the media, their kids and assorted Enjella Fans converged at Clinton Castle in Battery Park on a sunny brisk breeze December Saturday, ready for adventure.  We stormed the sea and cruised on over to Ellis Island, stepping into the shoes of our immigrant ancestors to picture what it was…

It’s Elemental…

On Kodiak, the second-largest US island, you can count on wind and water. If you’ve watched the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” you may recognize the area  since several fishing boats  have their home port in Kodiak.  Of course, it’s an island and surrounded by water, but there’s also precipitation. While Kodiak’s weather tends to be milder than…