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January 16, 2022

Painting a picture of The City | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the first entry of a two-part series on San Francisco.  I was in San Francisco twice recently and though I’ve been there numerous times I still ran into plenty of new places to make it worth the short trek north. In December...

England, beyond the big city | Travel

Countryside and coastal towns have plenty to offer Note: This is the first in a multi-part travel series covering parts of England, Germany and the Netherlands. ENGLAND, U.K.—On New Year’s Eve 2008 I flew overseas for the very first time.  My sister was working in London, and...

A busy day in Berlin | Travel

Editor’s note: This is the fourth part of a travel series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. Before my recent trip to Europe, I did some research on each country—learning certain customs and common phrases. I took advice from family, friends and tour guides about...

A touch of Old Dutch | Travel

Windmills and museums cap off European adventure Note: This is the final part in a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. October is a hit-or-miss time to travel to Europe. Crowd levels are lower, and flights can be cheaper—but the weather is unpredictable. By the third...

How to survive traveling with others

Let’s just say I’ve been around a bit and have traveled with various combinations of people from small to large groups that have included family, friends, colleagues, and mates; yes, it can make or break a trip. I have traveled on my own too,...

Birthday in the big city

How do you celebrate someone’s 70th birthday? Since fitting seventy candles on a cake wasn’t an option, I decided to take my wife to San Francisco for a big night in the city.

Searching for the heart of Amsterdam

Solo trip to bustling, global city reveals hidden gems Note: This is the fourth part in a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. When I decided to travel to Europe this year, I wanted to visit countries where I had friends. This was the case...

Mapping out stories in England | Travel

Trips to Haworth, Oxford become literary pilgrimages  Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a series about England, Germany and the Netherlands. In England, literary history is everywhere—from London to the smallest of villages. While in the country recently I visited many places where authors...

An easy jaunt to Davenport

Considering the short drive, we felt like we were in a foreign place, with all new faces, a new setting and plenty of new spots to explore.
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Older adult programs shutter as Covid-19 cases rise

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—In early November 2021, Meals on Wheels’ (MOW) congregate meal sites reopened to older adults across Santa Cruz County for the first...