Hop on The Polar Express

“On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed.  I did not rustle the sheets  I breathed slowly and silently.  I was listening for a sound-a sound a friend had told me I’d never hear-ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.” Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express If You Were Asked to Board a […]

The Magic ER Tree…A True Story

The Security Doors Fling Open and We Swoosh Inside. White glaring lights illuminate the scene of constant movement. The Pediatric ER.  Yes.  We are here again. 10:00 PM…22:00 in Hospital Time.  A Tuesday. Perhaps a Stomach Bug.  But Perhaps Something More.  No Fever.  Good.  Nausea with Belly Pain.  Yes. Vitals.  Monitor Hook Ups.  The Sliding […]

A Time for Thanksgiving

The Holidays and Hallmark.  Wow. When I was a Kid, My All-Time Favorite Career Goal was to be a Card Designer for Hallmark. Or Work at Disney.  No, it was definitely Hallmark. This was Way, Way Before the Hallmark Channel and these Crazy Hallmark Christmas Movies.   I Sat Down One Night after a Very […]

Hold Tight and Breathe

The Shortest Day of the Year. The Winter Solstice. Whoosh.  Hello and Good Bye in a Flash. Icy Cold Settles In. Ahhh….But Christmas Will Soon Be Here.    Hold Tight to the Lights of Christmas before We Push Forward to Spring. No Wonder the Year Flies By. We Need to Remember to Breathe. And Enjoy the Magic in Every Moment. […]

Traveling for Christmas…A Bus Adventure!

The Idea Sounded Great in July. Let’s Go to Florida for Christmas! Let’s have a Real Christmas Vacation.  On the Beach. Switch Out Boots for Flip Flops.  Yes! And Then Around August Came the Question… But Will Santa Find Us in Florida??? My Answer Was Quick and Flippant…Of Course! Santa Flies All Over the World.  […]

A Mule Barn Christmas Spin

Let’s Talk Greasy Spoons.  Every Town Has One. You Know, the Local Funky Place for Decent Food at Cheap Places. Here We Have Murphy’s Mule Barn. The Name Kind of Says it All. We Took our Animal Friends to Lunch.    The Moose Siblings and R.F. Cardigan. An Early Holiday Celebration.  Celebrating Being Together and the Joys […]

Elf Culture

Ah the Elf. Yes.  We Have an Elf. Elf on the Shelf. 6 Years and Going Strong.  I thought we would have outgrown her, but not yet. She has become a Christmas Family Tradition and that’s a Good Thing. Guess You Never Outgrown Family Traditions. Her Schedule is Short and Tight.  She arrives Thanksgiving Morning with Advent […]

Wild West Main Street Durango

And To Think That I Saw It on Main Street. Durango.  Colorado. At 6800 feet above sea level, Durango sits high in the Rockies. Lightheadedness ensues to those not acclimated.  Like Me. It is a ski destination for many.  But this weekend, there was Not a Snowflake in Sight. No Worries.  Everyone Skipped the Slopes […]