The Greene brothers – architects of homes and lifestyles

  Today, January 23, is the birthday of Henry Mather Greene. He and his brother would form one of the most influential and innovative architectural firms in the country – Green & Greene. Their story is really remarkable and one worth noting. Growing up in their early years on their mother’s farm in West Virginia, they … Read moreThe Greene brothers – architects of homes and lifestyles

E-ticket living – Whether to live on Mainstreet or Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Adventureland?

I was about 9. Our family had made the migration to Orange County, California, in pursuit of a new life. Adventure was the nature of our journey provoked by the loss of a business back there and a hope for a better life up ahead. Soon relatives came to visit and on the agenda was … Read moreE-ticket living – Whether to live on Mainstreet or Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Adventureland?

3 Rules for Living a Simple Life in a Complex World

I assigned my writer’s group the task of plotting goals for beginning and consequently completing their writing project(s). The very process of considering what one wants to do, how to do it, how long it could take, and then placing pencil to paper and plotting its process does these two things: First, it forces you … Read more3 Rules for Living a Simple Life in a Complex World

Give Yourself Permission to Get What You Want

When we lived in the islands we met more than one person visiting there from the mainland who seemed amazed that we had moved there from Arizona. “You are so lucky,” they would assure us. Well, luck has nothing to do with it. I am always amazed when I encounter folks who live day after … Read moreGive Yourself Permission to Get What You Want

13 things James Bond taught me about style – and how you can be stylish without spending a dime

It really is a stretch to call James Bond a secret agent. I mean he’s almost always dressed to the nines, drives exotic cars, and when he walks into any bar in the world the barman will ask “Shaken, not stirred?” So, a secret agent he is not. If he is, he’s not too adept … Read more13 things James Bond taught me about style – and how you can be stylish without spending a dime