“You’re so lucky,” they chimed. It was a vacationing couple we met while strolling the waterfront boardwalk in downtown Christiansted. Sue and I had moved to the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands a few years before and had heard this same response from so many visitors to the island when we told them … Read more Life is not a matter of luck
The market was crowded, every aisle gridlocked with shoppers, nearly all of them pushing carts. I made my way past the bakery, threaded through the throngs at the deli counter, and turned the corner at the end of a case of salads. There was room for only one cart to negotiate the passageway; so many … Read more The power of a smile
I talk to a lot of writers and wannabe writers. I’ve found that many do not know what to write about, especially in the beginning. There is a writer’s mantra oft repeated that says “write what you know.” Now some dispute the validity of that statement saying that if it were to be true how … Read more What “write what you know” really means
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 more The Greene brothers – architects of homes and lifestyles
I had such great plans, so carefully considered and plotted. With the Christmas holidays approaching, I intended to take about ten days over the holidays to tackle some projects in the garage, around the house, in the yard. Where we live in Florida, just north of the Caloosahatchee River, the temperatures are almost always very … Read more Off to a slow start this year? 5 Lessons I learned from getting a late start.