Category: Blog

My Favorite Movie

Sometimes I think about all the movies I’ve seen and try to decide which is my favorite. It’s really hard to do. As with books, I prefer movies that immerse me into a different world. They have to have a good story, compelling characters, and emotion. My current top five are Pride & Prejudice, Star …

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Brussels to Paris, First Class

After bidding the Hotel Mozart in Brussels adieu (or tot ziens since they speak both French and Dutch), I dragged my rollaboard carry-on down the cobblestone streets and across the cobblestones of Grand Place to the subway station on a sleepy Sunday morning. After wasting €4 in the ticket machines trying to buy a €2 …

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Labor Day – Power to the People?

I’ve never really thought about the origin or meaning of Labor Day. Have you? To me, it’s always meant a long weekend, usually spent outdoors, having a BBQ picnic. Maybe bargain hunting at the mall. Back in 1882 New York, the Central Labor Union celebrated a working man’s holiday on Tuesday, September 5th with a …

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Outlander, aka My Happy Place

As Pocket Jamie and I watched this week’s episode of Outlander, I was giddy. And as I’ve come to expect, the hour went much too quickly and I was left wanting more. It almost makes me want to wait a few weeks so I have more than one episode to watch at a time. Almost. …

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A Quick Taste of Brussels

When I decided to visit Brussels, I had two goals: find some good Belgian chocolate, and eat a real Belgian waffle. These were excellent goals. I recommend them if you ever find yourself in Brussels. I started with Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat, a museum of chocolate just off Grand Place. It’s a tiny …

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Brussels’ Grand Place and Manneken Pis

There are two things every tourist seems to visit when visiting Brussels: Grand Place and Manneken Pis. Grand Place is a large, open cobblestone square bordered by looming 18th century guildhalls and the very grand (and tall) Brussels City Hall built in the 15th century.   Does this statue remind you of Wonder Woman, or …

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Guest Blogging at California Dreamin’

I’ve been asked to blog over at the California Dreamin’ writers conference site about my recent experience at the RWA national conference. (Yes, all those books came home with me from San Antonio.) In lieu of a regular post here, please join me over there! I’ll be back here next Monday, see you then…

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Traveling on Eurostar

What’s the fastest way to get between Paris and London? I’m pretty sure the answer is by rail, through the Channel Tunnel (aka the chunnel). I chose to travel on Eurostar. From the first time I heard about the trip, I wanted to take it. Where else can you speed through a tunnel deep under …

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Train Travel in the United Kingdom

I have a thing for trains. Maybe it’s in my blood, since my grandfather worked on the Union Pacific Railroad. So when I was planning my visit to the UK, the first thing I did was take a look at the BritRail options. UK’s National Rail is a well-timed network of several different railway companies. …

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Public Transportation in London

Ah, London. They certainly have public transportation sorted. The tube is clean and well-lit. The decor is creative as you can see from Baker Street’s Sherlock Holmes theme. The first thing I do when I’m going to a new city is check out the subway system to see how I’m going to get everywhere I …

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