Yearly Archives: 2015

January 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Life, Musings

The 70’s Elephant Bells and David Cassidy

Throw Back Thursdays always makes me think of my favorite pair of pants, a pair of corduroy plaid elephant bells. The bells rang out around my ankles. My fashion “flare” had begun. As much as I relished my 70’s fashion, it was the music that got my groove.   David Cassidy singing “I think I love you,” is deep in my head. It’s still there. After more than 30 years, I have mornings that I sing it to my teen sons to make them blush. They run away in embarrassment. Mom’s just can’t sing or dance. But I’ve danced and …read more…

March 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Life

The Nut Factory 2014

Every February I look forward to the only event that gets me out of my winter hibernation. It’s the Nut Factory Open House. This year’s gallery walk was extra special. My buddies and I went out for pizza, caught up and commiserated on one of the longest winters we’ve experienced. Transfer Pizzeria has the best slices around, not to mention, you can sit at a drug store counter for a local brew. At the Nut Factory—artists, patrons and browsers convened to appreciate some good art and have a great time.

January 4th, 2014 | Filed under: Life

Road to Ruin

A crisp September morning  we drove five hours to see the Foo Fighters in St. Paul, Minnesota. We piled into a minivan loaded with liquor and trail mix to see Dave Grohl. The four of us, Ellie, Maya, Abby and me, Fiona, broke away from our daily lives.With eleven kids, total, between us, homework, school, sibling rivalries and chauffeuring ruled our days. We headed north for a night of Foo. Maya and I talked about wheat and carbs, and debated over who was sexier on “Flight of the Conchords”, Bret or Jemaine? We listened to the Pixies and Bob Mould. In …read more…

June 15th, 2012 | Filed under: Life

Eye Candy

There’s something about a VW Bus that makes my heart beat faster. Do they symbolize a care free time? A time I never really knew about? No. Really, for me, it’s the colors. The vibrant orange buses or the deep forest greens are so delicious. They’re like fruity treats on four wheels. At the VW Fest I couldn’t help but snaps a whole lot of photos. Here are a few…

January 26th, 2012 | Filed under: Life, Musings


The Polka. Was it the official dance of Bohemia? Or Bavaria? And then Germany? Not certain, but drinking Bavarian beer and dancing to grown men dressed in lederhosen playing tubas and horns at Oktoberfest is where Fiona’s next adventure begins. Ellie, Maya, Abby and I were last  found at the Bavarian Inn, located in one of the the beer-capitols, Milwaukee,Wisconsin. Under the chalet, breaking for a rest after our polka-la-looza,  we ate kielbasa sausage with sauerkraut, and glanced around the outdoor hall. We were by far the youngest of those polkaing, and no longer that young any more. On the parquet dance floor, women with …read more…

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