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La pura vida in Costa Rica

Over the winter break, we traveled to Costa Rica. In addition to time at the beach, I got to meet my oldest uncle—who married a Costa Rican woman and moved to Central America in the late 50s—and many cousins and extended family for the first time. What a beautiful country! Lush, fog-capped mountains, gorgeous beaches,

The travel tree

I love to travel. I will forgo a new car, a fancy house, eating out, and an updated wardrobe for the chance to visit somewhere new. On many of our trips, we’ve bought a Christmas ornament to adorn what I call our Travel Tree. Looking at the tree is a visual reminder of our travels over the

Friends, fun, and combat medics in San Antonio

More than 2,000 romance writers and industry professionals have descended on the San Antonio Riverwalk for the Romance Writers of America National Conference. For the fifth year in a row, I’m one of them. The conference workshops don’t start until tomorrow, but I’ve been here since Monday and I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Monday: After

Exploring New England

I love to explore new places. My neighborhood, my town, the local area, and neat places within a day’s drive or so. It’s the reason I enjoy moving. I get to dig deep into areas I’d normally only cover with a quick pass. There are lots of ways to find hidden gems. I start by

Incredible Sedona

  I was in Phoenix and Sedona over the weekend to say goodbye to a wonderful and amazing woman whom we lost too soon, my mother-in-law. Our reason for being there was sad, but Sedona is beautiful. The perfect place to celebrate the life of a beautiful woman who brightened the spirits of everyone she