Barcelona Or Bust

Barcelona Or Bust

You don’t often get a tour of one of the world’s most famous landmarks from a local VIP who knows its history by heart.  But my tantes (aunts) Heide and Trauti, here visiting from California, have a cousin in Barcelona who arranged for us to be whisked past long lines...
The Secret To Happiness

The Secret To Happiness

My Aunt Traute will be 84 on February 18th, 2014.  She still wears a bathing suit–a colorful one-piece that shows off her athletic figure.  In the photo she sent at Christmas she is smiling at the world–a picture of happiness. Traute was born in Germany in...
Lunch With Elaine

Lunch With Elaine

Elaine walked to the table relying only slightly on a cane, an honored guest of our host.  She wore sensible shoes, a green cardigan and a khaki hat that made her look quite like the Brit she is.  At 102-years old–more than twice the age of most people at our...
The Best Days Of My Life

The Best Days Of My Life

“Summer Of ‘69” was playing on the radio. I cranked it up, the varied blues of beach and sky providing a perfect backdrop for day dreaming about the old days.  “Those were the best days of my life…” I sang along with Bryan Adams, who recorded the song in 1984.   But...
Goodbye Mr. And Mrs. Hope

Goodbye Mr. And Mrs. Hope

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the world of Bob Hope was sold off at a giant garage sale, some items for less than a buck.  Hordes of people descended on the Hope Estate in Toluca Lake, a secluded four-acres rumored to have a par-three golf hole in the backyard.  My...
The Best 99¢ Store Buy Ever

The Best 99¢ Store Buy Ever

I took the kids to the 99¢ Store to let them pick out two cheap, break-on-the-first day toys and ended up finding a diamond in the rough.  On Aisle 4, incognito between fingernail clippers and a shower cap, was a beauty tool that has revolutionized my life. This...