A Favorite Bookstore: Barnes & Noble, Silverdale, WA

As much as I love local, independent booksellers, I also love Barnes & Noble, especially their fabulous store in Silverdale. Enjoy the photos below …. 

  • Knowledgeable staff with great customer service
  • Comfortable surroundings, including a Starbuck’s café
  • Terrific selection of books, all genres, with ample room to browse 
  • Marvelous assortment of games, magazines, puzzles, gifts, socks, calendars, journals, cards, cd’s, dvd’s
  • A beautiful children’s section where they have readings and special events 
  • You can order online to have books delivered to the store for pickup
  • Check out their membership program for discounts on books, dvd’s, cd’s
  • Join their mailing list to learn about special events

Let me share a few favorite quotes about books:

There is no friend as loyal as a book.  –Ernest Hemingway

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.  –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. –Haruki Murakami

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.  –C.S. Lewis

Savor your journeys as you explore our incredible world. 




The Wonder of Flight

Reveries on a plane …

Gaze out the window as it taxis past other planes …

Wondering which destinations, near and far, are their final journey’s end …

Musing what a marvel flight is…to soar above the clouds…

Never get blasé about flying …
Gorgeous day…sunny….wait our turn to take off from Sea-Tac Airport…
Soar into the clouds…Puget Sound sparkling …Cascade & Olympics Mountains gleaming…ferries scurrying to and fro…

Fellow passengers gaze out windows or read or nap…
Love a window seat on daytime flights… also night, especially when clear …
We sail past snow capped mountains… 
Below us, a marvelous patchwork quilt…snow…mountains…towns…roads thru the mountains…infinite beauty….

Clouds…above the clouds….what do you see when you gaze at clouds?
Ideal place to meditate, dream, gaze in wonder…at the magnificence

Think of prior journeys … and plan your next journey…

Savor your journeys…

Favorite Travel Photos

Photography is the art of capturing something fleeting; holding something which cannot be held; time made still.

Travel Memoir ~ NYC ~ Operation Sail, July 4, 2000

Travel Memoir ~ NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Photos ~ Manhattan, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Central Park, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC



Travel Memoir ~ NYC

Growing up in NYC, I knew that I lived in a very special place. While I have moved to the west coast, I enjoy my visits to this very unique city and yes, I am still a Yankees fan (Mets also!) and love listening to Frank Sinatra’s recording of “New York, New York” (pronounced Neu Yawk).

Let me share some of my memories and should your journeys take you to New York, New York, you will also have incredible memories which will last a lifetime.

  • The Twin Towers, including cocktails and fabulous brunches at Windows on the World Restaurant … a part of me will never be the same because of 9/11
  • Walking all about Manhattan, from east side to west side, downtown by the water, up 5th Ave to the Museums, etc
  • Central Park, beautiful any time of year
  • Rockefeller Center, especially memorable at Christmas
  • Circle Line boat about Manhattan
  • The Staten Island ferry
  • Broadway shows (check out TKS for tickets, waiting in line, not knowing if you will get tickets for the show you want)
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
  • Lincoln Center
  • St Patrick’s Day Parade and then going to a fabulous Irish Pub, lots of laughs
  • Discovering your favorite Italian restaurants (best Italian food outside of Italy)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (always a must visit)
  • The Natural History Museum and Planetarium
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • Nearby beaches including Jones Beach, Long Beach, the Hamptons and the Jersey shore
  • Katz’s Jewish Deli on Houston (pronounced Howston)
  • Macy’s and Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor
  • Local shops and restaurants on the upper West Side
  • Macy’s July 4th Fireworks
  • Walking along the restaurant row area, picking a spot, before going to a Broadway show (terrific memories of Becco Italian Restaurant)
  • Studio 54 and Xenon discos
  • Top of the 6’s (Fifth Ave), when it was a restaurant, with a great view
  • Fifth Ave at dusk
  • Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Off Broadway shows
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Late night restaurants, including great dessert places … mouth watering
  • Water taxi to Hoboken, NJ for terrific Italian food
  • Terrific Greek restaurants in Astoria
  • Best bakeries …

I could continue, but you get the idea! It is the most incredible city to explore … enjoy!! The links below have some favorite photos of NYC …

Savor your journeys!

Travel Memoir ~ Photos ~ Manhattan, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Central Park, NYC



Travel Memoir ~ Photos ~ Manhattan, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ Central Park, NYC

Travel Memoir ~ NYC

Afternoon Tea at the Trump National Golf Club, Palos Verdes, CA

It is always marvelous to return to a favorite restaurant and discover that the food, service and ambiance are as terrific as you remember. Last fall, I had Afternoon Tea with three friends at the Trump National Golf Club and loved it. I returned recently and it was even better than I remembered.

The food, service and atmosphere are exquisite.


A friend joined me for Afternoon Tea while another friend dined from the Luncheon Menu, which she said was very good.

Tea is so marvelously civilized, especially with a glass, or two, of bubbly. There is no rush; the atmosphere is conducive for a leisurely dining experience with friends. We started with delicious mini sandwiches, followed by small tasty scones with a marvelous lemon curd and then decadent mini desserts. And to make it extra special, I was celebrating my birthday.

The view from the Pacific Café is gorgeous. The Founders Park, adjoining the Trump Clubhouse, is the perfect spot for a stroll or a hike down to the beach, either before or after dining.

The Trump National Golf Club will definitely remain on my “must visit” list when I revisit the LA area.

Savor your journeys.

Photos~Founders Park, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Tea at Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (Sep 2018)

Photos~Founders Park, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

The park, adjacent to Trump National Clubhouse, is a gorgeous area to walk about. On a clear day you can see Catalina Island. There are picnic tables and trails leading to the beach. It’s the perfect spot to explore prior to or after dining at the Trump National Golf Club. I had a fabulous Afternoon Tea there on a recent visit — next blog post.