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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Dear American Airlines, what’s up giving people free Gold status?


My husband, who rarely flies, received this offer for free Gold status from the nice folks at American Airlines. And I have to say, it leaves me rather cold and  angry since I had to earn my status the hard way – by putting my butt in their uncomfortable chairs for at least 25,000 miles flown. In addition, my husband gets 10 500-mile upgrades. And how do I get those? […]

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Miami in January

Henry Flagler monument (the white obelisk)

Last weekend, we took a trip to Miami (with a brief side trip to Key Largo and Islamorada) to visit some of my family. It’s been years since I have been down to South Florida and I’m not sure why. It’s a pretty good drive for us, but nonetheless, we were way overdue for a visit. We had a nice time, but it would have been good to be able […]

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Giant Florida Gator


This image of a huge gator has gone viral over the last few days and I’ve seen at least one reference to it as a “Florida dinosaur”. It does look rather prehistoric. At first, I thought it was fake – I mean, look at the size of that monster! But apparently it’s real. Since this beast was spotted not too far away from where I live, I’m tempted to confirm […]

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2016: the year of travel


As with just about every other year, 2016 had its share of ups and downs; however, many of mine this year were literal ups and downs in the form of takeoffs and landings. For me, 2016 was The Year of Travel. As I’ve mentioned before, I work for Automattic, a fully distributed company, which means my co-workers are scattered across the globe. So part of the job is to travel […]

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Get your .blog domain!

As I mentioned in my previous post, there are lots of exciting announcements today! Here’s another one… If you’ve been looking for the perfect address for your blog, it’s about to get even easier. Millions of new .blog domain names (like yourname.blog) will be available this November — and starting today, you can apply to secure your own domain name. Interested? All of the deets are in the post below […]

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John Maeda, Automattic, and Design.blog

Lots of exciting things all being announced today at Automattic! The fabulous John Maeda is now an Automattician, serving as Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion. He’s kind of a big deal in the world of design, y’all (understatement alert there). Very exited to have someone so talented and passionate about design and open source join us! If you’re a designer, or are just interested in design, check out Design.blog. […]

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