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I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.

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it’s world elephant day

Posted on August 12, 2014

World Elephant Day logo

Today is World Elephant Day, and it’s one day I’m happy to #gogrey. more »

my buick bucket list trip: volunteering at the elephant sanctuary in tennessee

Posted on August 6, 2014

Elephant Sanctuary t-shirt

Now that we had learned all about Tara, Shirley, Tange, Flora, Sissy, Winkie, Misty, Minnie, Liz, Ronnie, Debbie, Billie and Frieda, we felt personally invested in their future and were eager to get back on the road in the morning to return to The Elephant Sanctuary for our volunteer day.  more »

my buick bucket list trip: the elephant sanctuary in tennessee

Posted on August 5, 2014

Lois at Elephant Sanctuary

Yesterday, I told you about arriving in Nashville for our amazing Buick Bucket List trip.

Well, The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is about an hour and forty minutes away from Nashville so, after spending way less time at the Hermitage Hotel than we would have liked, we packed up the Encore, set the GPS and headed out to spend the morning with Education Manager Todd Montgomery and Communications & Marketing Manager Mary Beth Ikard. more »

the girls and the goats

Posted on July 15, 2014

Lois and goat

I posted this photo on my Facebook page over the weekend and today I received a press release from the Farm Sanctuary announcing that this is the Summer of Goats.

And my kids think I’m not on the pulse of pop culture? Ha! more »

giveforward: raising funds and creating unexpected joy

Posted on June 11, 2014

GiveForward logo

Over the past few years, my husband and I have dramatically changed the way we make charitable contributions. We used to give money to a variety of organizations but, having been burned one too many times (yes, Susan G. Komen, I’m talking about you), we now try to give directly to people in need. more »

jane goodall: lessons learned from “jane’s journey”

Posted on April 3, 2014

jane's journeyToday is Jane Goodall’s 80th birthday, and she is still making a difference. I’m re-posting this from 2011 as a tribute to this amazing woman.

My friend, Susan, and I went to see Jane Goodall Live last week, which featured the must-see documentary, Jane’s Journey.  We were so inspired by the whole evening, it’s amazing we’re not writing this from Africa right now.

Here are some of the facts that surprised me, and how I’m going to act now that I know them: more »

“soar” by susan hess logeais

Posted on March 25, 2014


When filmmaker Susan Hess Logeais reached out to me to help promote her Kickstarter project, I spent five minutes reading what she wrote about it and, between tears, agreed.  more »

water.org celebrates world water day — and you can, too!

Posted on March 22, 2014

World Water Day

Today is World Water Day, and here’s why that’s so important: more »

“girl rising”

Posted on March 10, 2014

Girl Rising

I have very mixed feelings about International Women’s Day, which was celebrated this past weekend. On one hand, yay for acknowledging the gender that makes up more than half our population. On the other hand, WTF? more »

i can see clearly now, thanks to readers. com

Posted on January 26, 2014

Stanford readers

My new Stanford reading glasses from Readers.com.

Somewhere around my 50th birthday, my friends and I started holding restaurant menus up for each other across the table so we could read them. I held books at arm’s length and if my husband put something under my nose to take a look at, I had to push it a foot away to actually see it.

At my annual eye doctor visit, I marched in and announced, “Okay, I’m 50 now and I guess I’m finally going to have to get glasses.” He nodded, somberly, did his usual, extensive exam and said, “Nope, your vision is still 20/20.”

I was thrilled but thought he was nuts. I recounted my near-breakdown in the shower, when I couldn’t even remotely read the itsy bitsy print on the back of the expensive conditioner to find out how long to keep it in my hair. I skipped the part about throwing the bottle on the floor in frustration.

“You don’t need glasses,” he assured me. “You need a magnifying glass.” more »

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