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Sequel to Harleys in the Mountains

  In a previous blog, I described my run-in with motorcyclists in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico. At an elevation of about 11,000 feet, five men on Harleys were determined to cross a rickety bridge spanning a cliff that separated a mountain lake from a waterfall. I was camping at the water’s […]

Harleys in the Mountains

Backpacking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico a number of years ago, my husband and I pitched our tent next to a mountain lake at about 11,000 feet. At one end was a narrow wooden bridge separating the lake from a waterfall spilling down a cliff. It was a long, hard hike […]

Skater’s Holiday

It’s the Christmas holidays, and the CEO of Ross Laboratories has announced that all employees will report for work the first Saturday of the New Year. It has something to do with snow days the previous December. Since the Ross payroll consists of hardworking Midwesterners who do what they’re told, few employees grumble. I, on […]

My Bucket List—A Mercedes-Benz

When my eight-fourth birthday arrived, I realized that I’d already done all the things on my bucket list. I’d bought a truck and motor scooter. A few years earlier, I went on my first cruise, traveling to Alaska alone on a National Geographic nature ship. Later, I took another cruise on the same ship to […]

Caught Skinny-Dipping

For exercise, I swim in a small pool in my back yard. My privacy is protected by a six-foot wood fence around the yard. Before stripping off my clothes and jumping in water, I place a bedside clock on the deck to keep track of my swim time.

The Case for the Oxford Comma

The Oxford comma, also called the “serial comma” or “Harvard comma,” is the final comma in a series of words or phrases. It sometimes appears after the second to last item—as in “We had sandwiches, chips, and soda for lunch.” But often it’s omitted—as in “We had sandwiches, chips and soda for lunch.”