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The Red Umbrella Mystery

Red Umbrella

When I went to lunch this afternoon, I found this abandoned umbrella, slightly damaged, lolling in the middle of the sidewalk. Of course, this begged the question – why was it there?

Perhaps the owner went into The Underground, where you get a free straw with every drink. Who could say no to that?!

Or, perhaps the owner was so overjoyed by a brief period of sunshine that she cast off the umbrella and went skipping off down the sidewalk, thinking she’d never need it again? (Sorry to say, a half hour later she did…)

Maybe it was ripped from its owner’s hands by a gust of wind, flying far across Bellingham?

Or, could it be that it is owned by no one? It’s an enchanted umbrella, appearing before a storm to warn residents of an impending downpour. Everyone knows that TRUE Pacific Northwesterners don’t even use umbrellas…

Memories of Trieste

Trieste Memory

Trieste, Italy

September 2015

Along the Royal Mile

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Edinburgh, Scotland

The Climb to Kotor’s Castle of San Giovanni

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Kotor, Montenegro. Prior to embarking on a Mediterranean cruise, I’d never heard of it. Now, I can’t wait to return and spend more than a few hours roaming through the old town and climbing the hills. Imagine this view at sunset!

My Venice Favorite

Venice View

My friend Julia and I visited Venice before embarking on a Mediterranean cruise. Somehow I only took 91 photos! This seems a little weird for me, but we were only there for one day. This one was my favorite!

Stop and Smell the Agave

Sitting at Jalapeños in Barkley Village, I watch bartender Maribel Rivas pull out an iron flight caddy and fill the first of three cascading shot glasses with Silver.

I’m a little nervous. After my first Irish whiskey flight years ago, I booked an airline ticket to Dublin. So, as Maribel pours Reposado into the second shot glass, I wonder how I’ll handle my tequila and if the weather is nice in Mexico. Have I kept enough of my New Year’s resolutions to feel comfortable in a bikini?

Deciding that I have not, I put away my smart phone and watch her pour Añejo into the third glass. Besides, I’m no longer a college kid drinking indiscriminately and making careless decisions. It’s time to discard old habits and drink like an adult, to stop and smell the agave. The sophisticated drinker can identify the different classifications of tequila and appreciate their color, aroma, and taste…without a hangover or unwanted airline tickets…

You can read the rest of my article on The Crossing Guide, and then impress your friends with your knowledge of tequila. (Throw out terms like reposado and añejo, and you’re sure to gain a little respect.)

Here are some additional photos from my tequila trips to Jalapeños, The Cantina at Silver Reef Casino, and Frida’s.

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Adoration of Dora

First-time director Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao recently transformed Cass Murphy into a Picasso painting for Lojo Simon’s play, Adoration of Dora. AOD is a surreal exploration of the life and work of Dora Maar, photographer, artist, and muse to Pablo Picasso in 1930s Paris, starring an all female cast.

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Capturing Ireland

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On May 15th, I’m heading to Ireland for the summer. I created a new website and blog to document the adventure. Please visit CapturingIreland.com and follow me!

Winter on Lake Padden

 

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This scene on Lake Padden (south of Bellingham, Washington – a place without snow) is winter to me: the naked trees, the fog, the way the neglected dock slopes into the water.

What is winter like where you live?

Portmagee Panorama

Portmagee Panorama

Isn’t it about time you visited Ireland?

Come on! Book that ticket. Rent a car. Circle the Iveragh Peninsula and summit the fog-covered mountains that fall into a sloping patchwork of green fields. Stop in Portmagee and order a pint at the Bridge Bar. Make a few new friends as traditional, Irish music pulses through the wild Atlantic air. If the Guinness makes you sleepy, check in at the adjoining Moorings Guesthouse. There’s no better place to rest your head than in a little fishing village on the edge of Kerry.

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