South Pacific/New Zealand

I have another blog covering my recent trip to the South Pacific/New Zealand in November 2010. It can be found at:
I started it on November 29 so it will take a couple of weeks to get all my photos posted so check back often.

The Beauty of Oregon

I was looking over several of my photos and again was struck by the beauty that is southern Oregon ... as these photos will attest. I have a few more breathtakingly beautiful shots which I'll post shortly.


Jackie Evancho

I am just amazed by this 10-year old girl ... she is such a pretty girl with a nice personality and a voice that's way beyond her years. In case you haven't listened to her, here's the link.



Please go to: to see my photos and stories of my African trip. It's June 24th and I think I've finished posting my pictures .. although once I go through them again, I'm likely to find more that I should have posted ... Let me know how you enjoy my Africa blog ..



I'm in South Africa at the moment ... having been to Botswana, Zambia and a quick trip into Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls ... I am opening another "African Scene" blog to post all my photos from this wonderful area so stay tuned.
Signing off now ...



Last Sunday, May 2nd we soared with Airship Ventures in their huge blimp, over San Francisco. The cabin has all window seats and the views are absolutely spectacular. We had originally booked this trip for Valentine's Day 2009 but with one thing and another - weather/work schedules we had to wait - and the wait was well worth it. We couldn't have had a better day. The photos speak for themselves - Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Downtown. Click on the photos to enlarge them ... some of them are incredibly detailed. I particularly like the one with both bridges in it and the City in between ...


Who doesn't like old newspaper clippings?

I came to the U.S. in May 1964 .. straight to San Francisco. Lived with my big sister until she got married. Two years after my arrival, I broke off my engagement to my first husband (Russ "The Moose" Syracuse, SF Disc Jockey) and returned home with a broken heart. The local newspaper learned of my two years in the U.S. and thought my story would make a good human-interest article. And this is what they did:

I became quite the celebrity - all my college friends and former co-workers saw it - and my parents fielded a lot of questions from customers (they owned a sweets and tobacco shop in Lytham Square).

I finally laminated the article but, as you can see, I didn't laminate it soon enough. I hope you can read it - it's quite interesting in a time-capsule sort of way.