15 Jun 2016

“It Doesn’t Cost a Lot of Money to Be Nice”

“It Doesn’t Cost a Lot of Money to Be Nice”

For their 60th wedding anniversary, they went to Bora Bora. For their 61st, Niagara Falls. For their 62nd, Nashville, their 63rd Dallas. They had a staycation in a Kauai Hilton last year. And for this, their 65th anniversary, Joanne told Jim to surprise her.   Even a couple of hours before her anniversary dinner at […]

15 Jan 2016

The First 30 Years

The First 30 Years

Some couples got it. Ron and Maryann don’t just got it. They define what it means to got it. I think about marriage every day of my life as a really happily married fellow myself. Some of the things I think about are how satisfying it is to have a life partner and how you […]

13 Nov 2015

Operation Pamper: The Secret Spa Mission

Operation Pamper: The Secret Spa Mission

Friday the 13th. 10:55am. Pfister Hotel Lobby Bar. Black Ops Mission engaged. Decompression fluids in process. Relaxation level at Level Orange headed towards Blazing Red. I was witness to a secret mission at the Pfister this morning. It included a fair dose of intrigue. I never felt in danger as I saw the mission going […]

5 Nov 2015

What Would Be Chapter One

What Would Be Chapter One

I promise you, physician if I ever write a book that weaves together bits and pieces of prose into a narrative that tells a story about the many important and not so important moments I’ve seen, heard and experienced at the Pfister, this would be Chapter One. The sevenish afternoon lobby lounge so and sos […]

22 Jul 2015

Nobody Ever Writes About the Travel Writer, so I’m Writing About the Travel Writer

Nobody Ever Writes About the Travel Writer, so I’m Writing About the Travel Writer

One of the great joys I have as a writer is to meet other writers. Typically a writer meet up is filled with quotable quips, diagnosis hair-pin turns of phrases, and good humored word-wise one-upmanship. It’s the literary equivalent of dogs sniffing one another’s behinds. So like a happy, fluffy puppy, I was very excited […]

20 May 2015

Join Me As I Begin to Salute the Women and Men in Silk and Lace Uniform

Join Me As I Begin to Salute the Women and Men in Silk and Lace Uniform

I anticipate that today I will begin what will grow to become a more public and frequent declaration of one of my favorite harmless infatuations. Bridesmaids. Oh, how I love a gaggle of ladies who have all agreed to wear the same dress and stand in front of a group of people. And, okay, I can’t […]