Gentle cross-breezes and mature maple trees facing west make for easy sleeping. Two-tiered closet and antique bookshelves are off-camera.
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-- Enjoy the front patio "garden" and back deck.
-- Remove your shoes upon entering the house.
-- Use butter, milk, eggs, spices, etc. as needed for food prep.
-- Help yourself to tea and coffee (cabinet to the right of the stove).
-- Use cloth napkins and towels in the wheeled cart next to the kitchen bookshelves (where you will also find oil, vinegar, honey, agave for use).
-- Load your dishes into the dishwasher, but wash cooking prep knives and pots/pans by hand.
-- Hang up damp/wet bath towels to dry.
-- Ask about entertaining friends here over BBQ grill or for dinner.
-- Request an ashtray for smoking outside (only).
-- Park in the street in front of the house. Beware of parking restrictions on the third Wednesday of the month (the city fine is fierce).
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My spirit dog was a Siberian Husky and my Native American animal guide is the Otter. That explains a lot!
-- Family (four generations that include my three talented children who continue to amaze me and four beautiful grandchildren)
-- Community (culture friends, book club companions, skiing and hiking pals, work colleagues, Zumbuddies)
-- Learning (languages, history, technology)
-- Play (music, dance, tennis, travel)
-- Work (writing, teaching, demazing business conundrums)
Favorite Travel Destinations
-- Rocky places (preferably vertical and/or volcanic): Iceland, Colorado, Ecuador, Peru, Sicily)
-- Architectural and art meccas: Florence, Monreale, Paris, Barcelona, Quito, Washington DC, San Francisco, Erice, Agrigento, Machu Picchu, Budapest, Prague, Riga
-- National Parks: RMNP, Bryce, Zion, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Tsitsikana, Mesa Verde, Lake Quinault
Life Mantra: "Just keep swimmin(Thanks, Dory!)
Life Philosophy: (Thanks, William Blake)
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand,
And a Heaven in a Wildflower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour."