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On the Road

Olivia Newport Avenue of Dreams covers

Feels like forever since I posted! Since the last post: • My website was attacked by cyber terrorists. • The fine folks at AuthorMedia.com fought my battle for me, then moved my site to a new server. • I drove from Colorado to Illinois to visit my sister and mother. • I visited the Glessner […]

What’s the Oldest Photo You’ve Seen?


Photographs transport me. They just do. Even a photograph of myself at a (much) younger age takes me back and I remember details I haven’t thought of in years. Decades, even. The way the metal cover on the radiator in our dining room warmed me as I sprawled on it while waiting my morning turn […]

Who Do You Think You Are?

Olivia Newport Who Do You Think You Are?

“Who do you think you are?” Do you hear the tone in that question? It’s a little scoldy. Like, “Do you really think you’re someone who deserves that privilege?” Like, “Who are you to think you can step out of your place?” (Or who do you think you are that you can sleep in my […]

The Almost-Not Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel Olivia Newport

“Would you like to ride the Ferris wheel with Eden?” “Sure.” I looked up at the contraption. As far as Ferris wheels go, this one was not so daunting. This was a children’s park, after all. My friend had invited me to go with her to the North Pole outside of Colorado Springs. Her daughter’s […]

Museum of Wonder and Curiosity

Olivia Newport Museum of Science and Industry

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago tucked under an east-west runway of O’Hare. School field trips invariably involved the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. On any given school day, hordes of kids from all over Chicagoland rotated through exhibits. And the cafeteria, where we ate the lunches we carried from home […]

Columbus: Good Guy or Bad?

10-10-11 Columbus coin

If you’re anywhere near my age bracket, you grew up thinking Christopher Columbus was about the bravest, most adventurous person who ever lived. He discovered a new world, after all. If you’re younger than I am, you may have learned little more sophisticated view of history. It turns out the new world was there all […]