Author Archives: Barb

About Barb

I escaped from a hardscrabble farm in Oklahoma. I'm not sure why people think I have an accent. I miss the sunshine, but not the fried foods.

Jolabokaflod (Or pack your suitcase, honey. We’ve got to get to Iceland.)

While Costco and WalMart have shopping carts of 75% OFF Halloween Clearance, and Christmas music is already playing on 2 of our local radios stations…. … the Bokatidindi has come out in Iceland (Pause here for screams of excitment!!!) The Bokatidindi is the … Continue reading

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Tell Me It Isn’t So

So a few days ago, I’m at the post office mailing three packages. The twenty-plus-year-old behind the counter asks the usual question. “Anything perishable, fragile, etc. etc.?” “Nope. Only books,” I say. She stops and looks at the size of … Continue reading

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How To Take A Viking River Cruise: Part 2

OR…Do A Grouch A Favor Yes, I’m in the middle of a story. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here. Refresh your memory, then come back because, you need to know that in the U.S. February 16th … Continue reading

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How To Take a Viking River Cruise–Part 1.

It’s been a while since my last post. We have a bit of catching up to do. Last Christmas, we decided we’d save our bucks for  anniversary, birthdays, and  Christmas and give ourselves an international  experience in the upcoming year … Continue reading

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How to Survive Your Spouse’s HighSchool Reunion or “I’m Ready For My Close-Up, Mr. DeMille”

Hey!  Let’s go on a book tour…and add relatives, and people we haven’t seen or kept track of in years and years. Won’t that be fun?   First Stop:  A Texas High School Reunion. (Go Eagles!!) Now, I’m sure many of you have … Continue reading

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My Arm Isn’t Long Enough to Get Cell Phone Service

We’ve been traveling for the last 30 days. Two rental cars, 3500 miles, and eight states later, we’re back home, and I’ve got stories of bumfuzzled bathrooms, bad hotels, and bawdy folks we met on the road. So for the … Continue reading

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Put on Your Flying Pants

For a change…(You know how I like to discuss change)…instead of  ramping up this month with darkness, black cats and all things creepy. I thought I’d hold up one example of the beauty of our nights. Of course, you’ll have … Continue reading

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Frankly My Dear….Put on Your Bloomers and Get to Work

Speaking of change…(which I do often),  a couple times a month I work at an adventure clothing store. Mostly I chitter-chat,  and listen to others’ tales.  It’s a writer’s haven for character studies. But every now and then, there are … Continue reading

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Ending the Summer with Weird

Here’s another thing you’ll have to explain to me… Hair has become the new art medium. I understood why Tom Hanks used his hair to weave a rope in The Castaway , but why…. Are people using their hair to … Continue reading

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A Tube of Tea, please?

I don’t get it. You’re going to have to explain it to me. Sure, sure, when it comes to a hot day on the beach nothing’s better than a cooler of drinks. You’ll find me head down, bottom up, clawing … Continue reading

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