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Overheard on a Plane

Hungry - Conversation between parents and two sons sitting in front of me during a flight to Houston: “Mom?” “What honey.” “I’ve thought about it and I’ve discovered I am a cannibal. I want to eat Cameron’s arm but he won’t let me touch it. He won’t let me...

Bad Haircut? Call it Zombie Hair

Bad Haircuts Lurk Around Every Corner Don't take your favorite hair stylist for granted. I once had an absolutely fabulous hair guy, Jerry. I never had a bad haircut from him. For more than 15 years. Jerry kept me looking chic - until he moved to Arizona...

New Walking Buddies

Meet New Friends Where You Least Expect Them Check out this beauty. I ran into him on one of my daily walks on the pecan farming roads in Las Cruces, NM where we live now. Who knew that peacocks hang out in New Mexico? I was walking...

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Book Review: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen Pushes You to the Edge in "The Keeper of Lost Causes" After reading The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel (A Department Q Novel), a crime thriller set in Denmark, I understand why author Jussi Adler-Olsen has received so many accolades for...

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Weightlifting the Yard Way

... unavoidably treated to a view four 20-somethings sleeping face down on dirt covered sofas, scattered beer bottles and a smoking fire pit. The only one awake was their dog, who was quietly chewing his way through one of the Lazy Boys.......

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Betty Crocker Recipes with a Finnish Twist

For all my Finnish-American relatives and friends - and anyone who likes delicious fresh food. From Limppu to Miso Soup and Beyond If you’re looking for a refreshing take on good home cooking, Edith Maki’s cookbook,  Common Sense Cooking, will be a great addition to your kitchen. I received the...

Book Review: AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller

I want to hike forever after reading AWOL on the Appalachian Trail Living in New Mexico has brought me back to one of my oldest loves - hiking. It's not the Appalachian Trail, but I live in an area so beautiful it takes my breath away...

Honey, will you enter the wife-carrying race with me?

How weird are humans?  I just had to share this article about an actual wife-carrying race from the Finnish American Reporter. If you've read my earlier post on ancestry, you'll know I am a died-in-the-wool Finlander at heart, but this little story left me speechless. I'll...

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Tarantula Hunting

New Wilderness, New Exotic Creatures One thing about moving to the Southwest, there sure are some amazing and gnarly looking bugs out here. The desert is not brown and dead like I imagined it would be before moving here. It's teeming with plants and animals, most of which...