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Photos: Back in Cocoa

Tuesday, 5 Jan 2021 | Photo Gallery


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Good Riddance 2020—Hello 2021

Friday, 1 Jan 2021 | Views [143]

WE SEEM TO FIND OURSELVES AT BOYCE Thompson Arboretum every time we come to Arizona. We always enjoy ourselves and usually see something new. This time it was the brand new Wallace Desert Garden which adds another dimension—and 13 acres with a ... Read more >


Musical Instrument Museum

Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 | Views [155]

PAUL TENDS TO FORGET THAT WE HAVE visited him in Arizona before—five times if memory serves. This year we're here to support him through the best and worst of the holiday season, not to be entertained. But Paul, who can’t help being the perfect-... Read more >


. . . And Early to Rise

Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 | Views [147]

THE DAY BEGINS EARLY IN ARIZONA, at least it does at Casa Paul. Connie is the earliest bird. She is one of those unfortunates who can’t go back to sleep once awake so she rises at oh-dark-whatever. Paul, I’m assured, gets up before six on ... Read more >


A Very Grinchy Christmas

Friday, 25 Dec 2020 | Views [123]

WE CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS LIKE NORMAL FOLKS for the first time in years. We shared a delicious meal in the company of friends, quaffed a wassail or two and shared stories, both old and new. We didn’t exchange gifts or sing carols but Nick and Peggy ... Read more >


Arizona For The Holidays

Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020 | Views [142]

COVID BE DAMNED, WE HAVE TRADED palm trees for cactus, the Gulf of Mexico for the Sonoran Desert, humidity for dust and manatees for coyotes. Yeah, we’re spending the holidays in Arizona—Gold Canyon to be more exact—with our friend ... Read more >


Photos: Arizona

Friday, 18 Dec 2020 | Photo Gallery


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A Flash of Green

Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 | Views [141]

WHEN I FIRST READ ABOUT THE FLASH OF GREEN in a John D. MacDonald novel, I figured it was just more Margaritaville-hype of the “we live Florida and you don’t” variety.  Nadia Drake probably felt the same when she wrote in National ... Read more >


Gone Fishin'

Friday, 27 Nov 2020 | Views [268]

OLD-TIMERS DON’T NEED A LICENSE TO FISH in Florida.  Before the Dark Times descended you might see them lined up shoulder-to-shoulder on almost any bridge or pier—today they are keeping their social distance.  I prefer to be closer ... Read more >


Manatees Need Loving,Too

Wednesday, 18 Nov 2020 | Views [182]

IT’S NOT EASY BEING A MANATEE.  First off is the identity crisis.  We are not—and never have been—mermaids, despite what old-timey sailors may have you believe.  They must have been at sea way t-o-o long.  ... Read more >


Stormy Weather

Wednesday, 11 Nov 2020 | Views [178]

WE THOUGHT WE WERE FINISHED WITH HURRICANE SEASON.  But this IS 2020 when even the improbable becomes likely.  Last year it was typhoons , the Pacific Ocean’s version hurricanes.  We managed to avoid the worst of Typhoons Krosa, ... Read more >


A Change for the Better

Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 | Views [169]

JOE BIDEN HAS WON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.  It isn’t official yet—there will be more counting, recounting, legal suits, countersuits, wailing and gnashing of teeth before the results are certified—but it is a good start.  ... Read more >


You Can Run—But You Can't Hide

Sunday, 1 Nov 2020 | Views [161]

MOVING MAY GIVE ONE THE ILLUSION OF CHANGE but it isn’t possible to escape reality.  In other words, you can run but you can't hide.  Covid is still eating its way through the population, the Election grows even more contentious and its ... Read more >


Photos: The Gulf Coast

Sunday, 1 Nov 2020 | Photo Gallery


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Still Got The Right Stuff

Sunday, 18 Oct 2020 | Views [128]

COCOA BEACH HAD THE RIGHT STUFF back in the 60s—but we all had it back then, didn't we?  Cocoa was a company town—and the company was NASA.  It was famous for Astronauts, surfing, beach babes-in-bikinis and as the setting for I ... Read more >


Please, Mr. Postman

Thursday, 8 Oct 2020 | Views [103]

WE HAVE BEEN IN FLORIDA FOR A WEEK and yesterday was the first time the weather was good enough to go to the beach.  Connie has been out walking every day, of course, but she is like the Post Office used to be—neither rain, nor snow. . . .... Read more >


It's About Time

Friday, 2 Oct 2020 | Views [147]

IT WAS TIME FOR A CHANGE.  A change of scenery.  A change of season.  A change in weather.  And most of all, a change in attitude.  We never thought we would be glad to leave Colorado, but there it is—six Covid-imposed ... Read more >


Photos: Florida's Atlantic Coast

Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 | Photo Gallery


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A Golden Good-Bye

Friday, 25 Sep 2020 | Views [127]

THE CALENDAR MAY SAY THAT AUTUMN has arrived but, despite the recent dusting of snow, it is still summery here in the Mile High City.  It’s a different story along the Colorado Trail near Kenosha Pass, fifty miles west and another mile higher ... Read more >


All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

Friday, 18 Sep 2020 | Views [100]

OUR RENEWED PASSPORTS FINALLY ARRIVED, three months after we applied for them.  They are so much thinner—the Jenny Craig version—and so much more pristine than the old ones, whose pages are filled and whose logos are nearly worn off ... Read more >


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