Unexpected inconveniences are just part of the trip…

Most of us have our own version of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” – that classic 1987 comedy where Steve Martin and John Candy’s characters endeavor to get home for Thanksgiving while encountering every possible travel snafu. While the movie version is exaggerated for entertainment purposes, I’d venture to say that many “real life” travel experiences […]

You can’t take the Midwest out of the girl..

After spending my first Winter outside of Illinois, I learned you can take the girl out of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of the girl. I was born and raised in Champaign and I was brought up with values that made me the person I am today – and that person […]

Columns and creativity.

I was given the wonderful opportunity to contribute a column in my hometown newspaper (The News Gazette) starting in 2022. This has been a great way to practice and hone my writing. I’ve posted most of the columns on this blog but also wanted to keep a visual record of some of my published articles. […]