Category Archives: TRAVEL THE WORLD

Happy 91st Birthday, Sir David Attenborough

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” – Sir David Attenborough


He has inspired my 11-year old son, Hank to love this planet and all the living things that share it with us.

Thank you for again and again, Sir David, for opening up our world, and our eyes, to the glory and beauty of this amazing world.   You inspire us every day.  Inside and out.

Tender Buttons

I spotted it from across the street.  I swear my jaw dropped and my mouth opened in awe. And then I impulsively, almost unwittingly moved toward the street, desperate to to get closer.  That’s what a charming building can do to me.


Tender Buttons on East 62nd street in Manhattan. Love at first sight.  IMG_7485

A magical display window.  Its warmth, color and intrigue temporarily arrest my senses. The tall, thin brick leads up to a crooked, slated roof.  Perfection.

All I know is I must go inside to see more.

I feel like I’ve just stepped into a scene from Harry Potter or something.  Deleriously happy.  Surrounded by buttons.  Just to know that there is a place dedicated to the art and history of button design, nestled among trees in one of the greatest cities in the world…well it very much sped up my heart beat.

IMG_7476Unbeknownst to me, it’s the only shop in America dedicated exclusively to the sale of buttons.  Tender Buttons.

IMG_7475On either side, the walls are adorned with collections, some historic, some whimsical, but altogether a magical tour into a world of buttons.

Some are framed.IMG_7480You can sit down to examine the buttons at this lovely table centered in the middle of the shop.IMG_7479If you’re like me, you have a collection of buttons in a tin can.  All those extra ones needed a home, and yet the collection grew beyond its need.  I’m going to take a peek.  I’ve been known to remove a few cool buttons before discarding a shirt or sweater.

Buttons are most definitely pieces of art.  The shop owner says he buys buttons.  Mostly antiques or ones that have a fantastic personality.

Like Audrey Hepburn.




Wooden Horse

This is the most beautiful wooden horse I never imagined.It sits outside of my nieces and nephew’s preschool class in Chicago.  

Red painted pieces of frames and an aluminum mane.  

The art does not stop there.  Check out this whimsical entrance to the school. 

Spelling Matters

One different vowel could take on a whole new meaning.  Someone at U-Haul had to know that.

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Long road trips stuck in traffic bring out the best in me.

From The 19th Floor in New York City

Thank God for iPhones.  I wouldn’t take this one with my camera.

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Spring Break

Naples, Florida. It’s an interesting place. Lots of wealth, lots of senior citizens, and lots of beautiful flowers, trees and cars. My family spent the week here visiting my mother-in-law and enjoying the sights.

Here’s some of my favorite iPhone snapshots:









Hank met a girl named Mackenzie at the beach today. I think he impressed her. She wrote his name in the sand. Inside a heart.


HankandMackenzie They built quite an elaborate sandcastle together.


We sat and watched as he played with her. They exchanged lots of commands.

“Bring more water!”

“Pour it here!”

“Here comes a wave!”

And then they decided to swim in the ocean together.

It was at that point I realized Mackenzie was not the only one who might have a crush. Hank was laughing and clearly enjoying himself. It was a wonderful scene. I’m sure he’ll remember her when he’s much older.


I bet she’ll remember Hank, too.