My Pedestrian Pedigree

I'm sure you've seen those TV ads for – the ones where people who grew up thinking they're Italian find out that they're actually German, or they're thrilled to discover they are one-quarter Native American?

I'd been waiting for several months for my DNA test results to arrive from But what happens when you open the file to discover that your ancestry is, well, pretty boring?

Getting (Re)potted in Seattle

I’m in Seattle this week and had fun with members of the Northwest Orchid Society. The group meets the second Monday evening of the month at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture.

The center is part of the UW Botanic Gardens. The big greenhouse and well-appointed classrooms are impressive, and they’re surrounded by 16 acres of lush, lovely plantings and walking paths.

Learning…and Learning…

So, I’ve shared with you that my goal in the New Year has been to learn or try something new every week. Here’s an update:

I’ve taken classes in genealogy, writing short stories, fighting writer’s block, doing voiceover work and clutter-free living. (I signed up for a class on making focaccia – and showed up along with 20 other folks – but the instructor was a no-show. Does that count?)

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