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Random Rambles — 11.02.17

Wasn’t summer yesterday? All of a sudden the wind sends shivers down my spine and I’ve heard the word “snow” in more than one weather conversation. Fall is my favorite season; I just didn’t expect it to get here so fast! With outdoor activities waning, it’s time to step inside and get back to indoor activities. I’ve been working hard metalsmithing, reading up on Nikola Tesla, and cooking up Broccoli Cheddar Soup. What I’m working on… For the moth of...

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...

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Starting a Travel Journal

The Christmas before our world trip, I gave everyone — my husband, two sons, and even myself — a small journal. Each was a different color and had a different saying that I imagined suited each of us. Mine was “LIVE A LIFE YOU LOVE.” Eight months later when we packed our backpacks and headed out into the world, I am the only one that brought along said journal. Maybe it’s because the rest of the travelers are male or...