See what landed in my wine on our first-class flight from Miami last week

Here's the story. After one month; two countries; three flights; four days in a hospital; five time changes; six states; and 5,000+ miles, we were...

Eclipse 2017: An earth-shadowing experience from our home in Crete, Nebraska

When science writer Trudy Bell said to never let anyone convince me that 99% of the sun covered was the same as totality, I didn't know what to...

So, I kinda quit my job.

A little more than a month ago, I sat down and wrote a letter to my boss. It is one I'd been thinking about for awhile, and as I said in the letter,...

My first visit to a nude beach

So, we've debated for some time whether or not to write this post. As you know, Steve and I are actually quite modest people. We don't wear clothing...

Discovering Geocaching

A few months ago, I found myself belly-crawling through the dirt under a merry-go-round.  Looking up at the underside of this playground staple, I...

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Why we went back to school this week!

For the first time in about nine months, I went back to the front of the classroom. No, I didn't revert to my old middle school principal self, but Ann and I did spend a day working with all of the ninth grade Language Arts students at our town's high school. It was...

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Great gifts for a 48-year-old traveler

When special gift-giving events like birthdays come around, my family is constantly asking what they can get me. And I must admit,  I'm not the easiest person to shop for. I typically don't have very many good ideas to give my husband or daughter, but usually can come...

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My first visit to a nude beach

So, we've debated for some time whether or not to write this post. As you know, Steve and I are actually quite modest people. We don't wear clothing that draws attention (unless you count a couple of Steve's Hawaiian shirts) and we often blush at PG-13 movies....

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Surprise! We’re going to ___________ .

A few of years ago, I told Ann that I was going to plan a trip, book it, pack her bag, pick her up from work and take her directly to the airport for a surprise weekend away. With a horrified expression, she told me that I should never do that because there is no way...

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Discovering Geocaching

A few months ago, I found myself belly-crawling through the dirt under a merry-go-round.  Looking up at the underside of this playground staple, I reflected on how I willingly came to be in such a position for the first time in over thirty years.  I grunted,...

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  • New post on the blog today about 15 photo-worthy stops in #grinnelliowa. This active, artsy town has so many cool places to see and things to do. Link in bio.
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  • Happy fall, y’all! #fall #pumpkins #pumpkinpatch
  • We are so excited to be partnering with @thechefandthedish using @parmigianoreggiano cheese. Can’t wait to meet @chef_paola_italy tomorrow and see what she has us cook up! Hope you’ll follow along. #lookforthedots #italiancooking #cheese #thechefandthedish #ad
  • Plane spotting in St. Maarten was a bucket list item for Steve. Checked it off in December 2016. .
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  • Can't wait for the colors to start changing in our backyard in Nebraska. #nebraska #fallfoilage #autumn #autumnleaves #seasons #autumnal #postcardjar #midlifetravel #travelblog #travel
  • Always stop and smell the roses. From our trip last fall to the Portland International Rose Test Garden. .

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  • Our first cooking class in Italy. Buonissimo! .
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  • Fresh flowers. Tempurpedic beds. Made-to-order coffee delivered to your room. See why we didn't want to leave The Pioneer Woman's Boarding House?
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Making the most of midlife.