Take Time to Just Relax

By Pat Amsden Really, sometimes I don’t want to worry about Covid-19. I don’t want to worry about climate change or what our children will face. I want light, escapist fare. I suspect many of you feel the same way. One of the first books I published is Lost In Vegas. It was fun to…

Seasons Change

by Pat Amsden The air was cool today, warm and sunny, but definitely fall and not the last remnants of hot summer days. Dogs played happily in the dog park and people were once again sitting inside and out at the local Starbucks. It was so good to sit back and bask in a sense…

Are you a storyteller?

by Peggy McKenzie “Traveling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Buttuta I stumbled upon the quote above and realized that as all of us get the opportunity to travel, we all can become storytellers. Originally from Oklahoma, I transplanted to Colorado, and now live in East Texas. By now, you get…

Can’t wait to get on the road again!

Hi, everyone! Darlene here. A couple of weeks ago, I flew for the first time since before the Covid-19 pandemic drastically changed our lives. It wasn’t too bad! Yes, I had to wear a mask for eight hours as I navigated three airports and two flights to get where I was going. And again to…

Small things

By Pat Amsden As the world opens up, with many of us vaccinated, many of us are considering travel at some point, and events. There may be a wedding in the family, or of friends. These are all wonderful things. Just for a moment though, I ask you to celebrate the small things.  Ice Cream…

It’s Perfect!

Handsome and I love to watch movies. Over Memorial weekend, we traveled to our favorite spot for some quiet time. TCM and a few other channels were showing lots of war movies. I watched some I had never seen before. Not long before that, TCM hosted a series about courtroom dramas. One, Handsome had never…

What do you do with disappointments?

Disappointments. Pesky little things that can derail a person’s well-planned life, and yet with the right perspective that sometimes only time and distance can give, a failure can, in fact, morph into valuable insight. There are a number of sayings that cover the subject of this message. The most recognizable is probably that “every dark…

Daring to imagine possibilities!

“You are daring to imagine that you could have a different life.” That’s a quote from the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” When all the odds are stacked against Kathleen Kelly and she finally admits defeat and decides to close her small bookshop, her mother’s friend offers those words of encouragement. Change often requires a little…

Defining Courage

Definition of Courage: the strength of character; will power; daring; fortitude.