March 2014

Magnolias Restaurant, a new find

Always on the lookout for a different place to dine I was delighted today with my new find, Magnolias which is a former church turned restaurant in Carlinville, Illinois. The church was originally a German Catholic church and I heard about the restaurant and a bit of the history of it from the wonderful Carlinville […]

Ode to Gathering of the Green!

We remember the old John Deere’s Along with the new The Gathering of the Green Was green through and through Displays and vendors Vied for attention and time Enthusiasts wondered about Considering how to spend their hard earned dime Much was educational Learning restoration tips Visiting with others Hearing stories from their lips The days […]

The Hawaii State Capitol, a building reflecting Hawaii's Culture

The Hawaii State Capitol building is nothing if not different. At first I did not quiet understand the design. After reading a description from the International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings ( it all makes sense. “The Hawaii State Capitol was designed to reflect the historical and cultural significance, as well as […]

Whaler's Museum, Whalers Village, Maui

Not far from the Royal Lahaina where we stayed while vacationing on Maui, was Whaler’s Village an area full of shops and restaurants. It was an easy walk along the beach, around the golf course and the Sheraton Resort t Whalers Village making this a popular destination. My goal at the Village was to see […]


<img src="" class="size-full" alt=" Springfield, Illinois near where I live has the beautiful Dana Thomas house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. My husband Keith and I have enjoyed traveling to homes designed by Wright and admire his architectural style and we have become fascinated with the Lifetime like story of his life. It was quite […]

The World's Largest Guitar at Charley's in Pala Maui

One day we found ourselves in the town of Pala, which is the last town before heading up the Road to Hana. A former sugar plantation town we found lots of cool shops to stop in and Charley’s for a quick lunch. Charley’s began as a juice stand. Named for their dog, a Great Dane, […]

Charles Lindberg's Grave along the Road to Hana

It is in the graveyard of a quiet church, Palapalo Ho’omau Church, along the Road to Hana that we found Charles’s Lindbergh’s gravesite. On his tomb are the words, “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea.” My husband Keith, an aviation history buff wanted to […]

We Survived the Road to Hana!

At most of the shops, T-shirts were for sale with the line, “I survived the Road to Hana.” After driving the twisting, winding paths of this beautiful drive, I can understand the reason for celebration. The Road to Hana should not be missed because of the beauty along the drive, but it is not for […]

Maui Lavender, a calm oasis on Mt. Halekala

Who wouldn’t want to stop at a walking lavender garden? Just the sound brings thoughts of the wonderful fragrance and lovely blooms to mind. When we stopped on our recent trip to Maui we were excited not only by the beauty of Cathy Toda’s garden, but also by the great café that offered up a […]