a small town is a place where there’s no place to go where you shouldn’t. – burt bacharach



spent a slow, sunny afternoon

in the pretty little town of

st. clair, michigan

right on the river

reading and writing

watching people and ships

come and go.


and in the

friendly coffee shop

right across from the water

run by sue

where i sat near

a retired teacher

meeting her former student

who long ago was

a 3-year old

in her class

for the first time

after many years

with photo albums

and stories

and catching up on life

and finally she got tired

and said it was time to go


they hugged

going their separate ways

with a promise to meet once again

before so long.

and the high school girls

gathering around a table

excited and nervous

about the coming school year

chatting and giggling

sharing stories

 someone’s little sister

sat on her lap

having her hair braided

looking at her comic book


as part of the group

and learning from these girls

dreaming about what it will be like one day

to be a high school girl

and giggle and fret with your friends.

and the old man

 who held the door

offering to buy a ‘drink’ for two older lady friends

who were awaiting his arrival

regaling them with tales

of his days in europe

reliving them

or perhaps living them for the first time

with his retelling.


and the young boys on the river

determined to enjoy the last days of summer

jumping in without fear and with squeals of laughter.

the nice part about living in a small town

is that when you don’t know what you’re doing,

someone else does

 – immanuel kant

I think crime pays. The hours are good, you meet a lot of interesting people, you travel a lot. – woody allen (take the money and run)



(the morning alert from my local sheriffs)

Monday August 31, 2015, 7:54 AM
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office
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Advisory: Stolen Golf Cart – Downing Farms Golf Course – Salem Twp

Dear Beth K,

Salem Township Deputies are investigating the theft of a golf cart that occurred at the Downing Farms Golf Course. The incident occurred between Aug 29th at 9 pm and Aug 30th at 5:30 am. Stolen was a Club Car beverage cart white in color and a large number of returnable cans. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry to the club garage. No arrests have been made at this time.


If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 911, through our confidential tip line (734) 973-7711 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-UP.


Burglars are opportunistic and look for the easiest way in and out. The more you can secure your property the less likely you are to have your home broken into.

“An educated and engaged community is our best partner”

– Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton

image credits: google images

what I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it. – juliette binoche



spent the afternoon at

 the rogers centre

in canada

where the

baseball opened with

the official roof report –

‘the roof is open’

 the game began

and we

watched our detroit tigers

get mowed over

by the toronto blue jays

such a game (15-1)


our outfielder even

lost track of

how many outs there were

and forgot to throw the ball back

toronto fans threw out hats

when their player hit 3 home runs

all in the same game


hockey and baseball

blurred lines

in the old hockey tradition

of the hat trick


every opposing starter

got at least on base

giving us the chance

to see their entire roster

all in one game

but the staff and the local fans

were very friendly


except for the guy

who impounded

our piñata head mascot

kind of a chicken

who was meant to be a tiger

(a chi-ger)

upon entering the stadium

lest i possibly wear it

and conceal my identity

but we decided to shake it all off


embrace the huge loss of this game


by enjoying the town

with fans from both sides


our pinata

came right along with us

as we met

a rickshaw driver


a man with a chicken hat

( a kindred spirit who grew up in my hometown)

a street singer with a bag on his head


a sweaty spiderman

a bachelorette partyIMG_0890

 and a band

playing american and canadian covers

so we danced a lot

and passed the piñata on to the band


but upon returning to our hotel

i couldn’t exactly remember

my hotel room number

except for the last two digits

which caused a bit of a logistical issue

so i visited a few floors

on the elevator that only moved

in response to an electronic key swipe

(who knew?)

saw a lot of our beautiful hotel

made friends with the front desk

who made a few phone calls

to my fellow travelers

who mostly had their phones shut off

in this

faraway and friendly foreign land


finally got back into my room

where i soon after

got locked in the glass shower

for a while


relaxed and drifted off to sleep

in my pillowy bed

until there was

a 3am fire alarm (false)

but it was one great day

leading into the next


there certainly was a lot of laughter

i’d say there were

at least

3 major bouts of laughter

all in the same day.


that’s a hat trick.

‘that’s the beauty of sport.

sometimes you laugh,

sometimes you cry.’

– joseph gradual

go north. and then go more north. and just a bit more north yet.



heading to the great white north

speeding on a train


one group of friends

one piñata head

one group of others waiting for us there

and bringing heaps of american spirit to go around.

“the cool thing about being famous is traveling. i have always wanted to travel across seas, like to canada and stuff.”

– britney spears

image credits: googleimages

i couldn’t unpeach the peaches. – annie dillard



august is national peach month


was my nickname

as a young child


 i’ve happily


as a  grandmother.

it feels like a perfect fit.

i’m celebrating

all month

and beyond.

roxy's kitchen.com (1)

Peach Blueberry Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing.

• 1 cup blueberries
• 2 peaches
• Juice from 1 lime
• 3 Tbsp honey
• Fresh mint leaves

Directions: Wash the blueberries and peaches. Cut the peaches into wedges. Arrange the blueberries and slices of peaches on a platter. Mix the lime juice and honey and drizzle over the fruit. Add fresh mint leaves, sliced thin or whole, and toss everything together. Enjoy.

sunrise paints the sky with pinks

and the sunset with peaches.

Cool to warm.

so is the progression from childhood to old age.

– vera nazarian



image and recipe credits:

sandiegouniontribune.com, roxyskitchen.com