Merry Christmas ~ Favorite Christmas Quotes ~ Dec 2020

Wishing you and your family and friends a beautiful and very Merry Christmas

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future ~ Agnes M. Pahro

 Christmas is the day that holds all time together ~ Alexander Smith

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly ~ Andy Rooney

 The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood ~ Richard Paul Evans

 May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve ~ Unknown

 We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

 Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection~ Winston Churchill

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor ~ Charles Dickens

Magnets: Journeys ~ Cats ~Enchanting Phrases


Magnets are great fun ~ they are marvelous travel mementos, easy to carry and will bring a smile as you recall your adventures to favorite places.

When browsing for your travel magnets, check out other magnets ~ you may find some that appeal to your sense of wonder or whimsy. 


And what collection would be complete without a cat or two… 

Since travel is restricted for a while, we armchair travelers have to be creative: photo books, cookbooks, virtual sites on-line, novels or movies set in areas we want to explore, history books, perhaps study a language, listen to music from a different part of the country or world, etc …. 

I wish you all good health (physical and mental) … In these very stressful times, I hope that this email lets you take a pause  …and know that we will all get through this…..

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far.

Some Favorite Quotes & Photos from Life’s Journey …

Life is too important to be taken seriously. Oscar Wilde

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren  Kierkegaard

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt 

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. Elizabeth Kenny

Life is a question and how we live it is our answer. Gary Keller

Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless. Maxime Lagacé 

Keep looking up… that’s the secret of life. Snoopy

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. Samuel Butler

Savor your journeys, near or far… real or imagined … past or future … 

Happy New Year ~ Quotes

Wishing you and your family and friends a fabulous New Year ~ filled with love,  laughter, terrific journeys and dreams come true!! 

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. Rainer Maria Rilke

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others. Diogenes

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. Sarah Ban Breathnach

All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives. Steven Spielberg

If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone. Robert Fulghum

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.  Anatole France 


To Capture a Moment ~ Photos

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

Savor your journeys … treasure the moments … enjoy the memories. 

The Journey of a Lifetime

Should someone ask you if you have been on or are planning your “journey of a lifetime”

Smile broadly and proclaim, “YES, I AM ON IT”

  • Your journey of a lifetime is not checking off places or things to do on a “bucket list”
  • Rather, it is every moment of YOUR life, from birth to passing on … 
  • Always remember that it is YOUR journey… do what makes you happy, gives  you fulfillment.. fall madly in love, travel the world or not, dream, walk sandy beaches, dine & laugh with friends, be a hermit, read, write, teach, dance to music others do not hear, gaze at the stars in wonder, encourage others on their journey  … 
  • Be in awe of the universe …
  • Create your destiny …
  • Each of us is on a different journey with different experiences … 
  • Savor each moment of YOUR journey of a lifetime

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.  – J. Krishnamurti

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…


Traveling to Nepal in the mid 1980’s was the first time that I encountered the beautiful expression, “Namaste”. Instinctively, I knew that it was far more than a simple greeting. One of my guidebooks translated Namaste as “I welcome the gods that dwell within you.” Another translation which I have on a framed poster in my bedroom is “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.”

When I hear Namaste or see it in print, I think not only of the word’s translations but also of the fabulous time I spent in Nepal and the many beautiful people that I met. I think fondly of a smiling father proudly showing me his young son, of the hotel staff going out of their way to ensure that I got on the correct local bus from Kathmandu to Pokhra and the waiters who had such delight when I ordered native food and drink. Namaste is not only the reminder of a beautiful place but of a state of mind.

Read about my adventures  in this beautiful land of towering mountains and radiant smiles.

I wish you Namaste on your journeys.

Travel Memoir ~ Nepal

Travel Memoir ~ Nepal (Addendum)