Church on Thursday

I think I’ve mentioned that I’m not a regular churchgoer, and haven’t been for several years. There are a number of reasons for that, and most of them concern the inconsistencies of people in their adherence to the beliefs they profess – or, put more bluntly, actions that don’t jibe with their words, and vice versa; others are about my disagreements with policies and practices within the religion in which I was raised. This has […]

A weekend in Avalon

A weekend in Avalon

Santa Catalina Island is located 26 miles off the coast of Southern California, accessible only by boat or air (if you can afford a helicopter or private plane); your actual mileage may vary depending on mode of transportation and departure point. 88% of the island is owned by a nature conservancy and will never be developed. There’s a small village on the western side of the island, at Two Harbors, but most of the action […]

The Anniversary Waltz: Random things about our wedding, part 2 – Props

The Anniversary Waltz: Random things about our wedding, part 2 – Props

(In honor of the first anniversary of my second marriage on October 21, I’m doing some reminiscing.) All pictures in this post are credited to, and copyrighted by, Michael Getlin Fine Photography/Getlin Media and are used by permission for personal/non-commercial purposes. Even if you’re trying to keep a wedding fairly small and not too complicated, the amount of info and stuff involved can quickly get overwhelming. The wedding industry is well aware of this, and […]

The Anniversary Waltz: Random things about our wedding, part 1 – Plans

The Anniversary Waltz: Random things about our wedding, part 1 – Plans

(In honor of the first anniversary of my second marriage on October 21, I’m doing some reminiscing. And regardless of your marital status or how long it’s been since you were involved in a wedding, there’s lots of fun and relevant reading to be found on the new wedding blog AisleDash. I know some of the bloggers there from their work elsewhere, and have been throwing in my two cents as a commenter here and […]

One “wild” weekend

One “wild” weekend

For the record, camping is not my thing. But if it’s not yours either and you’re going to do it anyway, the San Diego Wild Animal Park really knows how to set you up for it – especially if your mom-in-law’s generosity has booked you a “premium” tent with a wooden floor, an actual platform bed, and sleeping bags and pads provided for the kids, so we really had to bring very little except a […]