Roadside Attractions

Near Mayo FL on this, the 6th day of Epiphany

What catches YOUR eye, as you drive down the road?

Can’t decide which is better…
… but the rusty door sets off the faded rose color nicely.
I Am A Rock
Moovin’ on
The hunter in full camouflage fatigues said “Look for the red helmet on the fencepost; blue iris grow there in the Spring and fill the woods with their fragrance.”


The Old Lady has a confession: she is an addict, a lifelong addict. She is addicted to books.

Whenever she is coming to the end of whatever book she is reading, if she does not have another book ready at hand, she suffers serious anxiety: “Omigosh! I will finish this book soon and I have not yet found my next book! Whatever will I do!”

A light sweat breaks out. Her hands shake. A terrible sense of insecurity washes over her!

Fortunately there are public resources available to address this addiction: public libraries.

Today as The Old Lady walked out of a library clutching not one, but two emergency backup books, a great sense of relief washed over her.

All was well with her world.

And by the way, the book she was finishing that caused this latest panic attack is The Golden Son, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. An excellent read.

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the traditional season of joy and no, it’s not over yet: y’all pagans may be taking down your trees early but The Old Lady hangs out with Episcopalians who celebrate Christmas from December 25 clear through to January 5, and woe betide any who dare to toss any tinsel before Epiphany!

Book recommendation: Douglas Abrams’ The Book of Joy, based on several days of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The Tibetan Buddhist and the Anglican Archbishop, old and dear friends, discuss how to achieve and then maintain a joyful attitude in the face of difficult and non-joyful circumstances.

The Dalai Lama has learnt his lessons during decades of exile from his beloved Nepal.

The Archbishop’s lessons came while officiating over literally hundreds of funerals during the fight against apartheid in South Africa.

Together they list eight easily-applied techniques which can help you maintain a joyful attitude in your own life.  They also define the important difference between joy and happiness.

READ this book!  LISTEN to The Old Lady!

Airport Dining

The Old Lady found herself on a ten hour layover in the Phoenix AZ airport, so she strapped on her backpack and boots and hiked the entire airport – all four concourses! – looking for something good to eat.

And she found it!

Across from Gate B21 is a restaurant called Cowboy Ciao (how cutesy).

The Old Lady ordered the rather unfortunately-named Testosterone Salad (“light on the testerone,” she joked with the server).

It was amazing.

Big chunks of port-charred tenderloin on greens covered with crumbles and dressing of gorgonzola cheese… possibly the best airport meal ever!

And if you are lucky enough to get Chrissy as your server, you will have a fine experience along with your delicious meal!

Sitting Sheep: Day Nine

The Old Lady has learned from watching sheep:

Sheep not only mingle freely with all colors together, they also live in harmony with other species. In fact, sheep and chickens help each other!

Sheep stick together. No one gets left behind.

Sheep share. They never fight for food. They even share leafy treats!

“Sheep show human beings how peaceful life can be,” mused The Old Lady.