Category: Simple Pleasures

Comfort Food Alert: My Beloved Da Corradi in London has the BEST Spaghetti Carbonara

Comfort Food Alert: My Beloved Da Corradi in London has the BEST Spaghetti Carbonara

Close your eyes after taking just one bite of the Spaghetti Carbonara at Da Corradi in London and you’ll expect to find Northern Italy when you open them.

Variations on a Feline Theme, Because There Aren’t Enough Cat Pictures in the World (and a haiku)

Variations on a Feline Theme, Because There Aren’t Enough Cat Pictures in the World (and a haiku)

Fiona and Godfrey: variations on a cat-napping theme.

Excited about Star Anise and Pho

Excited about Star Anise and Pho

Star anise’s fragrant perfume is redolent of licorice and promise.

A Little Bit of Americana Deep in the Heart of Texas

A Little Bit of Americana Deep in the Heart of Texas

Americana abounds at the 2018 Chili Cookoff in tiny Round Top, Texas (pop. 90).

The Chili Bee and Round Top, Texas – A Little Tale of Community, Chili and Small-Town Magic

The Chili Bee and Round Top, Texas – A Little Tale of Community, Chili and Small-Town Magic

Headed out to the Round Top Chili Cookoff with friends today, I’m inspired to reblog this post from last year. It’s a tale of a chili cook-off fundraiser in a tiny Texas town, two friends, five gallons of spilled chili, dozens of kind people and […]

Each One Unique: A Feathered Still Life

Each One Unique: A Feathered Still Life

Is this little bird thinking what a great day it is to be a bird in the sunshine, in a sanctuary-like environment where the predators wear warning bells and the feeders are always full?

Hospitality at Café Louise in Paris

Hospitality at Café Louise in Paris

Café Louise provides a warm-me-up on a super-cold Paris first Sunday after a power walk from the Arch de Triomphe to St. Germain.

Looking Back and Finding Joy: Happy 51st, Dear Brother

Looking Back and Finding Joy: Happy 51st, Dear Brother

50-year old photographs celebrate the birthday and memory of one who left us too soon: Steven Thomas Harvell.

The Yard Misses You! (says the Grill-Meister)

The Yard Misses You! (says the Grill-Meister)

Photos from home keep me grounded in Glover Gardens when I travel.

Watching Game 7 of the World Series; Sharing Astros Mementos and Family Memories

Watching Game 7 of the World Series; Sharing Astros Mementos and Family Memories

The World Series awakens baseball memories, and an appreciation of ancient Astros mementos.

Birthday Brunch: Simple is Good

Birthday Brunch: Simple is Good

Delectable food at an unfussy, delightful local restaurant makes a perfect birthday brunch. The mimosas don’t hurt, either.

A Solo Date with Poirot and Nachos

A Solo Date with Poirot and Nachos

A rare evening alone spawns a special nacho dinner to pair with a Masterpiece Hercule Poirot (by Agatha Christie) story.

my days by the water

my days by the water

This rough little poem came spilling out of me as I thought of those halcyon sand-ridden childhood days and so many memories flooded in. Everything seemed so safe, so permanent, so lively-lovely in our tiny town of 600, Gilchrist, Texas.

Home Alone Comfort Food:  Scrambled Egg Sandwich

Home Alone Comfort Food: Scrambled Egg Sandwich

So over the last three weeks I had a long trip for work to Paris and then right away, a shorter trip for relaxation to Colorado (I know, I know, you’re not crying for me). After arriving home in Southeast Texas in the wee hours last […]

Postcards from Montmartre

Postcards from Montmartre

Beautiful images from Montmartre in Paris.

Quotable Weekend Outlook

Quotable Weekend Outlook

Best sentence I heard all day,  maybe even all week, from a peer at another company, one of the funniest and liveliest people I know: I’m going to be all patios and tacos this weekend. She’s got the right idea – let the weekend begin!


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