Showing posts from January, 2016

My annual Florida escape (part one)

Every year I head for Florida for two or three weeks, yes, partly because of the weather, but mainly to visit my son Tom and daughter-in-law Nicole and their two playful and affectionate dogs. I often plan my visit to coincide with baseball spring training season, but this time I headed south for the Christmas and New Year holidays. With the unseasonably warm temperatures in mid-December, I anticipated the trip down would be a breeze. (Maybe that's the wrong choice of words.) But not only was it warm, it was wet. So, three of my four travel days were rainy and foggy. The rivers I crossed and the lakes I saw were high on their banks but I took very few photos. And my adventures, besides navigating the weather and heavy traffic, were few, as I needed to get to my son and daughter-in-law's on Christmas Eve day. Fog and rain at Carlyle Lake IL. (Day #1) Fog and rain in downtown Atlanta GA. (Day #2) My lodging of choice is often a cabin at a KOA or other campground. I&#

Top ten blog posts of 2015

Looking back at my blog posts from last year, I realized the most popular ones were not all of one category - event press releases, my travels, my fiction, or my own personal stories. The top ten were a mixture of all those. So in case you missed any of these, here they are in reverse order: #10  Looking back, looking forward (December 31) #9    Day #1 of another road trip - few signs (September 9) #8    A fairy tale genealogical story? (August 24) #7    Tentative schedule for Miles of Possibility:  the Edwardsville Conference (March 11) #6    Three trips in 12 days, or, how does this happen... (May 12)