Halloween ’18 Costume Forecast

  Ok guys and gals, “Costume Doyenne” Rhonda Cowan, co-owner of Etoile Costume and Gift in Tarzana, CA (check out their great sales and Labyrinth Ball), has once again shared her top costume picks for Halloween ’18!  Buy, rent or DIY and get ready to partay! Still strong this fall is Black Panther and the Pantheon of Superheroes. Roll up your magic […]

Halloween ’18

  Last autumn we experienced Halloween preparations in their ancestral homelands – Ireland (Samhain) and Italy (All Hallow’s Eve). In Ireland, what I found was one aisle of decor and costumes in an upscale Target-style retailer. In Italy, more of the same with lots of pumpkins, some sold in cartons. Who did it better?  Well, to be honest what we […]

Westward ho! Happy Pioneer Day

Here we are in the middle of another western  summer. After spending a week in alternating blazing heat and spectacular desert thunderstorms in St. George and Las Vegas it feels relatively calm (for the time being) here in the mountains near Salt Lake City. This last week we celebrated my Mom’s birthday, swapped stories with Dad and explored the Hoover Dam […]

3 Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

Happy Independence Day and happy birthday America! After touring 6 European countries last year and enjoying the amazing history and art, I came home with a greater appreciation for this heaven-inspired nation and our meteoric rise in only 2 1/2 centuries. We truly have been blessed as a people and, I believe, have been beneficial to the world.   French […]