#SaturdaySpotlight- Art’s Bagels & More

I try to do a #SaturdaySpolight about twice a month and usually post it on Saturday. I decided to share the love and post today so you can go tomorrow.  Trust me – you will thank me.  I’ve been putting off doing this one because selfishly I wanted to keep Art’s a secret.  They already have quite a following – maybe even cult-like.   Continue reading “#SaturdaySpotlight- Art’s Bagels & More”



Each day on WordPress there is a Daily Post; a word or thought to encourage people to write a post or give a push if someone is having writers block.  Today’s word suggestion is promises.   I found it a little coincidental given today’s political climate.  Every election and every candidate, whether they’re running for president or your local school board, makes promises they can’t keep.  Or worse they make promises knowing full well they have no intention of even trying to keep them.  This isn’t a new problem.  Politicians making promises have been around since the dawn of time.  Continue reading “Promises”

#SaturdaySpotlight – The Pharmacy

Last Saturday we were headed through Nashville on our way to Kentucky for a quick visit with family.  Since it was lunchtime we decided to stop. I thought I w14517373_10154649273733331_1832002294197820901_nanted a burger so a quick search online  located what is now a new favorite.

Located in the Historic Greenwood District, The Pharmacy, Burger Parlor and Beer Garden proved to be a gem of a find.  Modeled after a traditional German biergarten the menu boasts some of the more favorite traditional German fare.  I’m more of a schnitzel lover, but my husband, Mac, loves all types of German sausage so he had the currywurst with kraut.  Mac doesn’t eat kraut – unless we’re in Germany or at The Pharmacy!  Mac & I have both lived in Germany and his take was it ranked up there with authentic brats but we both thought the buns were way above any we’ve had.  Of course, it is a beer garden so there was a really good selection of imported and local brews.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Boston Light

We love lighthouses.  It isn’t very often, but anytime we’re near one we go visit.  I heard of one this morning though that is definitely on my must see list now- Boston Light, America’s very first lighthouse. Boston Light sits on Little Brewster Island approximately 8 miles off the coast of Boston and today marks it’s 300th Birthday.

The original light tower, built in 1716, was destroyed by the British in 1776.  A new one was built only a few years ago – in 1783.   It still shines warning ships 27 miles away.  They’ve modernized it a little; for instance, the light is fully automated and a fog horn is now used to warn ships, but otherwise it’s the same as it was 300 yrs ago.

It was originally run by the US Coast Guard but in 2003 it was civilianized and  Sally Snowmen  was officially designated as Keeper of Boston Light. She is the 70th, and first female, light keeper of Boston Light.  She went to visit the lighthouse as a child and knew immediately that she wanted to be a part of it one day.  At 65, she is full of spunk even sewing her own period costumes! I can only hope to have as much spunk as she does when I’m that age.

There aren’t many places in America that can say they’ve been here for 300 years.  Happy Birthday Boston Light –  may you continue to stand another 300 years!


Early 1780’s painting by Capt. Matthew Parke

There are also some great videos on the Friends of Boston Harbor Islands website found here.

Wanderlust Wednesday-Croatia

I’m going to be honest.  It wasn’t very long ago that had someone offered me a trip to Croatia I would have turned them down.  Not knowing very much about the country, other than they were at war in the early 90’s, I never would have considered going there. But since I’ve become a travel advisor, I realize just how wrong I would be to turn down the chance to go. Continue reading “Wanderlust Wednesday-Croatia”



frame – frām/noun
1. a rigid structure that surrounds or encloses something such as a door or window
2. a basic structure that underlies or supports a system, concept, or text.
All of us have a frame. Work, friends and/or family who are our structure that helps us get through life – one day at a time.

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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.  – 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV)

Wanderlust: Shanghai

Wanderlust is defined as a German word for the irresistibly strong desire to travel or wander.   If you look it up in the dictionary you would find a picture of me beside the word. If I could (and as long as I could take my husband with me) I would travel all the time.  Since we still work full-time and unless we win the lottery, that’s not possible right now.  (Unless of course, someone would like to pay me to travel in which case, sign me up!)  My top destinations used to be Australia/New Zealand and the British Isles (we are Scottish after all), but after reading  Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road, by Rob Schmitz, I’ve added Shanghai to the list. Continue reading “Wanderlust: Shanghai”


Canton Street in downtown Roswell, GA isn’t very long but has some of the best boutiques and restaurants in Metro Atlanta. 

One of my favorite is Zest.  Zest is actually half of two restaurants – Zest on one side and Pearl on the other. Pearl is a raw bar; Zest has sushi and tapas. They have a huge menu with tapas selections such as Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (my favorite!), Gyoza Pork Dumplings, and Mac and Cheese to Bento Box lunch specials and sushi/nigiri combos.  

They provide excellent food and  great vibes, all you need to add is great friends for a fabulous outing.  

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp