Innocence Abroad: London, England September 22

With apologies to Mark Twain for appropriating and misquoting his title, we are prepared to tell the tale of travel, exploration and discovery from our first collective journey overseas. The three-part mission of our adventure was, in addition to boldly going where no Layton McMurtry had gone before… Spend quality time with our 1 1/2 year-old grandson Ender and his […]

Halloween ’17 Costume Forecast

  A Harvest and Halloween Handbook Pumpkin spice-scented thank yous to Rhonda Cowan, co-owner of Etoile Costumes and Gift Shop in Tarzana, CA. She has once again come through with her picks for the top costumes for Halloween ’17. Rhonda and her sister Sue work with movie studios and customers seeking mid-to-high-end costume sales and rentals. If you thought the […]

A Harvest and Halloween Handbook

  Just the thing for your autumn and Halloween festivities! A Harvest and Halloween Handbook has recipes, games, costumes, the history of Halloween, carnival plans and all the ideas you need for fun this autumn. Its downloadable from and Barnes and At $9.99 its a great value, buy it today – you’ll be glad you did! […]

Fine Art

Irish Castle – watercolor Old Ugly – charcoal drawing Skull study – charcoal drawing Light of the World  – drypoint etching Shepherdess after Bouguereau – watercolor Nutcracker – charcoal drawing American Kitchen inspired by Cezanne – oil Tulips and Daffodils – watercolor on Yupo Warts and All – Oil on canvas  

5 Little Pumpkins

This is one of my very first posts from 2010 and one of my favorite word plays with children.       5 Little Pumpkins 5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate The first one says, “Oh my its getting late!” The second one says, “There are screeches in the air!” The third one says, “We don’t care!” The fourth […]