While I’ve encountered skinks in the yard over the years, they’ve always been fast to scurry away once we made eye contact.  This northern prairie skink seemed to be craving the warm, spring sun as much as I was and lingered long enough for me to capture him on film.  I learned that the male […]

Even if it’s still colder than I’d like outside, Spring has at least arrived on the calendar.  I had a fun time making these eggshell candles for our kitchen table centerpiece, and I thought I’d share. It started with a dozen eggs.  Between breakfast, baking, and other kitchen adventures, we usually go through two dozen […]

If you’ve killed a cat, you need to build a mosque to be forgiven by God. ~ Turkish Saying Similar to my experience in Athens, Greece several years ago, there are stray cats all over Istanbul.  But unlike most stray cats in the US, they are very friendly and tolerated by the locals who also […]

Because it was a Saturday and the weather was unseasonably warm, a colleague and I set out on foot to get as much sight-seeing as possible crammed into our gorgeous day.  The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower that was a short walk from our hotel.  When it was built in the 1300s it […]

It’s been a hectic holiday season.  We were in Phoenix for Thanksgiving.  There were only three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, and our house was wonderfully full of family for Christmas and New Years.  The only night I had a chance to head down to the Country Club Plaza and photograph the lights, […]