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Best Man in a Bow Tie

The detective who worked with John on the Bradford case – a hard-working, diligent, bachelor –finally found the girl of his dreams, decided to get married and needed a best man. Who else but John St. John? John didn’t do tuxes or shined shoes, bow ties, or cuff links....

Grandma Kay and Momdog Tour the Hermitage Museum 

Today was the day we’d come to Russia for – to visit the Hermitage Museum and the seventy-four paintings (a major trove of French Impressionist paintings from a German collection) stolen from the Red Army and been hidden for fifty years in the Hermitage. This exhibit was opened to the public for the first time on March 30, 1995 and titled “Hidden Treasures Revealed”.

Grandma Kay Creates an Adventure. Peter the Great and Night at the Ballet

March 1999. The early morning conversation at Veronica and Igor’s kitchen table was just beginning to break personal barriers. Common themes had just started to emerge–what pursuits were our children taking? What activities and careers did we cherish? What were our...

Grandma Kay and Momdog Meet Sound of Music: Russian Style

March 1999. As Grandma Kay continued her conversation at Veronica’s and Igor’s kitchen table, I decided to take a few photos in case I ever decided to write a story about my Russian adventure with mom. I excused myself and got up from the table at about the same time...

Momdog and Grandma Kay meet Veronica and Igor

The gloomy, grey sky seemed to follow my laborious trek to the stalled baggage claim carousal. Grandma Kay – always the efficient traveler who once hailed a New York cab driver with the flourish and theatrics of an opera diva – told me to wait by the carousal while she flagged a taxi. I tried not to think about the sunny skies of California, my husband who I was already missing, our three dogs and the cozy office I’d left behind.

 Momdog Frets while Grandma Kay Sleeps: From San Diego to Russia.  

March 1999. When I learned Grandma Kay had booked our flight on the Russian airline, Aeroflot, my stomach twisted into a knot. For good reason. Back in the day when I was an airline stewardess, I’d flown through turbulence so rough I’d watch seasoned flyer’s faces...

San Diego to St. Petersburg with Grandma Kay

Why would I be writing about Russia instead taking another trip down memory lane with John and Helen St. John? Because Russia has a short, but uniquely special place in my heart.

Jigsaw and Jane: How Fishing Got Us Hooked on Each Other

It isn’t about who caught the largest fish, or the fish that weighed the most, or the fish that put up the biggest fight, or the fish that won the “Fish of the Day” contest. This blog is about how two very different people forged a special relationship, and how fishing played a big part of how that relationship happened. But neither of us knew it at the time.

The Winnebago Vacation, Wine by the River, and a Magic Moment

October 1985. I’d never ridden in a Class A Winnebago. While our thirteen-hour drive on the never-ending stretch of the I-5 reinforced my preference for airplanes, Ryan and Jeff thought riding in a house-on-wheels was the world’s greatest adventure. With the lyrics by...

Vacation of a lifetime–Chapter 2

Camarillo, California. I stepped into our vacation house on wheels and marveled at how the interior of this motorhome resembled a small apartment unit: compact kitchen, two sofas that doubled as beds, another single bed overhead, bathroom with a shower. But here was...

Vacation of a Lifetime! Jane’s Family Visits Jigsaw’s Retreat

Los Angeles, California. St. John and I sat at our usual booth at Denny’s with our usual combo of iced tea for him, black coffee for me trying to create a rough draft for a chapter outline. But the going was tough. Nothing felt right. The words on the menu made more...
Best Man in a Bow Tie

Best Man in a Bow Tie

The detective who worked with John on the Bradford case – a hard-working, diligent, bachelor –finally found the girl of his dreams, decided to get married and needed a best man. Who else but John St. John? John didn’t do tuxes or shined shoes, bow ties, or cuff links....

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Grandma Kay and Momdog Tour the Hermitage Museum 

Grandma Kay and Momdog Tour the Hermitage Museum 

Today was the day we’d come to Russia for – to visit the Hermitage Museum and the seventy-four paintings (a major trove of French Impressionist paintings from a German collection) stolen from the Red Army and been hidden for fifty years in the Hermitage. This exhibit was opened to the public for the first time on March 30, 1995 and titled “Hidden Treasures Revealed”.

read more
Momdog and Grandma Kay meet Veronica and Igor

Momdog and Grandma Kay meet Veronica and Igor

The gloomy, grey sky seemed to follow my laborious trek to the stalled baggage claim carousal. Grandma Kay – always the efficient traveler who once hailed a New York cab driver with the flourish and theatrics of an opera diva – told me to wait by the carousal while she flagged a taxi. I tried not to think about the sunny skies of California, my husband who I was already missing, our three dogs and the cozy office I’d left behind.

read more
Jigsaw and Jane: How Fishing Got Us Hooked on Each Other

Jigsaw and Jane: How Fishing Got Us Hooked on Each Other

It isn’t about who caught the largest fish, or the fish that weighed the most, or the fish that put up the biggest fight, or the fish that won the “Fish of the Day” contest. This blog is about how two very different people forged a special relationship, and how fishing played a big part of how that relationship happened. But neither of us knew it at the time.

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