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Mid-Year Book Review — The Best of 2017… So Far

I have read a pile of good books this year. A top 5 list at the end of the year just wasn’t going to do justice to them all, so I am posting a mid-year book report. These are my top 5 for the first half of 2017 along with those books that I would recommend reading and, finally, those that just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.   5. The Memoir Club, Laura Kalpakian Since I am currently...

New Skill Acquired… Metalsmithing

One of my “life list” goals is to be constantly learning something new (Life List post coming soon!). This past winter, a friend of mine told me that she had recently become involved with the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild. When she told me about the classes, I was instantly intrigued. I have always been interested in metalwork, specifically as it pertains to jewelry, but the cost of all the necessary tools made dabbling in this field cost prohibitive. These classes offered a chance to...

A Return to Tent Rocks, New Mexico

Wherever we find ourselves in the world, we typically find a place to go for a hike and enjoy the beauty of the area. This was true some 20 years ago when my then boyfriend and I were in New Mexico for a conference. On one of the free days, we headed off into the New Mexico wilderness to see what we could find. I am not sure how we found out about the tent rock hike. I would guess that...

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The Laundry Room

Of all the places that we have visited in the world, Las Vegas is a place that we return to again and again. Why? It’s cheap to get there and there are a million things to keep us entertained for a few days. In a nutshell, it’s an easy getaway. We have a pretty typical routine in Vegas… we take some gambling lessons (free at many casinos), we eat at great places, we visit with friends and family in the...