Good Enough for Me

“Do you want this to go to the 16-year-old who was in a terrible motorcycle accident, or the 89-year-old man who is anemic and struggling?” “Who has fewer donors?” I asked. “The 89-year-old. No one has signed up for him. A lot of folks have shown up for the young man,” said Marie, the matronly…

Life All Figured Out

Sunsets on Santorini, Greece, particularly from the city of Oia, are rumored to be the most spectacular in the world. So, during my four nights in Oia, I hiked to the most popular viewing posts two hours early, in order to secure a coveted perch where hundreds of tourists crowd onto specific rooftops, railings, and…

Who Knew Dog Poo Could Be a Positive Thing?

Izzi starts dancing circles around me as soon as I pull my blue tennies out of the closet…she knows these particular shoes mean WALKIES. And as we crest the hill on Highway One, the hill that reveals a stunning view of the entire hamlet and coastline of Cayucos, she starts whining, because she knows we…

When Life Hands You Sand Dollars…

Each time Izzi and I walk along Dog Beach in Morro Bay, the Ocean offers up a theme. Sometimes it’s a bounty of heart shaped rocks, or slipper shells, or a day filled with volumes of sea glass treasures. There might be a vast amount of seaweed one day, or orange scallop shells so tiny…

For the Halibut

The seas are so choppy, I have to hold on to the rail with one hand, as I clutch my fishing pole with the other. The small boat dips so low that all we see is a giant wall of water, then we rise so high that it feels like were on a mountain. The…

Iceland is a-changin’

After spending five days in Iceland with hundreds of other tourists, I have to say that I’m worried about our northern neighbor. In 2014 Iceland had one million visitors, a number that had remained consistent for many years. Then in 2015 they had 1.2 million visitors, and in 2016, a whopping two million visitors. Tourism…

Perpetual Dusk

I tell you, we have GOT to stop complaining about daylight savings time. These poor Icelanders never get full daylight in the winter months. The photo shows the sun at its daily apex, just skimming along the horizon. It was taken at one o’clock in the afternoon, and it felt and looked like dusk the…

Dancing Orbs and Rock Houses

Clouds and rocks will never be the same. I will forever be looking for the “hole in the clouds” with the promise of the dancing Northern Lights, and I will always wonder if a particular rock is home to a hidden family. I know, you think I’m crazy. I thought the first seven people who…

Goldilocks and the Five Rooms

Four days ago I checked into my Iceland hotel, thrilled to have arrived at the reception desk with all of my bags and body parts. “Here is your key, you are in room 117, just down that hall,” and she does the tomahawk slash through the air. “Oh! I’m sorry to be a pain, but…

Northern Lights and Spiked Cocoa

Ok, so maybe my Aurora Borealis sighting wasn’t as magnificent as the ones you see plastered on the ads…but it was MY experience, and I loved it. We were actually lucky to see anything as it has been a blustery week, and of my five nights here, that was the only night that had results. …

I Think I’m a Viking!!!!!

I’ve found my tribe!!!!!!! We’ve always claimed an Italian heritage, but I think I’ve really got to do the ole ancestry.com DNA test. I belong with these people! They are all tall and big-boned! I feel so at home amongst my peeps! And the best part? The very very very best part? They keep their…

Who Needs the Northern Lights?

So. Yesterday’s search for the northern lights was a bust. But the day was wonderfilled, nonetheless. It started with breakfast, where I was introduced to iceland’s pride and joy: Skyr. This is their own version of yogurt that dates back to the year 1,000, and it’s a creamy, delightful, HEALTHY, bowlful of love (which I’ve…