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Travel Adventures Don’t Have to Be Risky
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I get a little dismayed when I see travel site after travel site where the people are going on wilderness treks, venturing into developing countries, or backpacking across mountain ranges. I’m so not that person. My husband would tell you that I face enough …... Read More

Fiction: A Sea of Grief
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Last month, Welsh photographer Philip Jones posted this picture of Llangwm in Facebook’s, “I live in Pembrokeshire and I Love it!” group. Loving the waters of South Wales, I was transported to awakening mornings to see the sun break over Fishguard harbor. Philip generously allows me to …... Read More

Take a hike! In Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park
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Schenley Park has been around since 1889, when Mary Croghan Schenley donated over 300 acres to the City. Lucky for us, expansions have grown it to 456 acres. It’s a busy park with July’s Vintage Grand Prix sprawling across the Bob O’Connor Golf Course …... Read More

Enjoy Nature and Art at the Phipps Conservatory
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Membership at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh just got better. In September, members were invited to the launch of a new tour: Artwork at the Phipps. With the flower shows changing with the seasons, we’d made many trips to the Conservatory before being smart …... Read More

The Great Sister Road Trip of 1996
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So there I was…driving a red, 1986 Chevy S10 pickup truck around Red Lodge, Montana. Without much luck. It was a great little truck when I lived in Southern California, the fair weather agreeing with both of us. When my niece bought the truck …... Read More

Surviving a Bear of a Hike in Red Lodge, Montana
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It’s fitting to start this blog the morning I awaken from a dream about encountering a brown bear while hiking. Luckily, the dream let me escape with nary a scratch. Would Seester, her husband and I have been so lucky if we’d hiked to …... Read More