childhood · easy recipes · Kalvert Rose Syrup · Ramadan · recipes · rooh afza · rose lemonade · rose syrup · roses · sharbat · summer

“A rose is a rose is a rose”

Growing up I had an obsession with roses, and the color red.  So much so that many of my birthday and other gifts incorporated them in some way… and continue to do so today.  I’m not quite sure where it all began and why I was so drawn to red roses.  One of my very first email… Continue reading “A rose is a rose is a rose”

Africa · childhood · Grenada · recharge · The Grenadine Diaries · vacation · Zambia

The Grenadine Diaries: First Impressions

Hello.  Internet is a bit spotty so I don't know how often I can post.  I am currently enraptured by the sounds and the turquoise blue waters that surround my senses.  We are on vacation in Sauteurs, Grenada.  I've never been, so everything is captivating to me. Childhood memories were unexpectedly brought to the forefront… Continue reading The Grenadine Diaries: First Impressions

Bibliophile · books · childhood · From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler · kryptonite · reading · summer · The Alchemist

“When I was your age, television was called books”

Recently, I was speaking to someone about books/book clubs.  The conversation took us both back to our childhoods.  We compared notes about participating in our local library’s summer reading program.  The genres I devoured in my childhood have since expanded. A typical summer reading list then would include:  The Babysitters Club,Sweet Valley High, andThe Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys… Continue reading “When I was your age, television was called books”

being brave · childhood · comfort zone · introvert · life lessons · memories · sense of adventure · taking chances · taking risks · think outside the box · work in progress

“Have courage, and be kind”

Have you ever noticed that we take more risks as children than as adults?  Why is that?  For some reason, I was struck by this and began thinking about it as it related to myself. I know this isn’t true of everyone, but it certainly seems true for me.  In thinking about some of the “risks” I’ve… Continue reading “Have courage, and be kind”