No Small Change

The pile of rubble you see at left used to be Jerry's 27th Street Market, a small neighborhood grocery store a few blocks from a house I once owned in Boise.

Jerry's had been in business for more than 60 years. I know they had some hard times and when I lived nearby, I did my part to keep the place open, stopping in for milk and bread, snacks and the occasional lottery ticket.

And it was here, in the late 1990s, that I won $5,000.

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

You know the good feeling when you find a handwritten note in the stack of bills and ads in the mailbox? That is reason enough for National Letter-Writing Month.

Letters have always meant a lot to me. Perhaps it was because we moved so often during my childhood – 14 schools in 12 years – and pre-Internet, it was the way to keep in touch.

Winning Isn't Everything

The Treasure Valley Orchid Society's 37th annual show and sale just wrapped up, and I'm especially proud of my first-prize Cymbidium this year.

I got it from a fellow TVOS member a few years ago, when she asked for volunteers to help her repot some plants that her father had grown in the 1940s and 50s in Southern California.

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