The Hotel Swap

Have you ever checked into a hotel that you booked on line, entered the room, and been so grossed out that you turned around and left?  That’s what just happened to me at Safari Inn. So here’s the back story (isn’t there always a back story with me?!).  I’ve decided to take an early retirement…

My Beloved Mulder

  Friday, January 31, was one of the most emotional days I can remember having.  My heart was ripped open and a large part of my soul spilled out.  It started several months ago… I knew that Mulder, my beloved chow/shepherd mix had hip dysplasia along with other problems in his shoulders, spine, and even…

Malki Museum

A sign on the freeway for a Native American museum caught my eye, and Janice and I made a snap decision to check it out. I felt pulled – compelled – to stop, and I am forever thankful that we did. We found treasure there. The Malki Museum sits on the Morongo Indian Reservation in…

Tigers and Hyenas

The tiger crouches at the edge of the enclosure.  The only movement is a slight flick of the tip of his tail.  His eyes are focused on his prey, and his body is taut, ready to pounce.  His prey has just entered through the gate and looks like he is oblivious to the predator’s scrutiny. …

Where I Get My Ideas – Part II

At about 1 a.m. on Friday, I woke with a terrible pain between my shoulder blades. The pain radiated around to my chest and took my breath away. Being the obstinate person I am, I did my best to ignore it and tried to go back to sleep. A nagging thought did as much to…

What Would You Do?

Expect the Unexpected – Real Life Situations – What Would You Do? In this series of blogs, I’m looking at real life events where a person has found themselves in an unexpected and untenable situation.  You may think that this kind of stuff could never happen to you, but think again.       When the…

An Im-Possum-Able Situation

It all started at three a.m. on Friday. Mulder gave out one of his ferocious growl-barks that tells me that something is really wrong. I heard him hit the back gate with a crash, and I flashed back to his attack a few years ago on the idiot who tried to get into my house.…