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My husband and I received an invitation to a party in St. Louis to celebrate the marriage of a friend from his Vietnam days. Since I’m retired and no longer have to worry about using up precious vacation days, we decided we’d make a road trip of it.

Color me busy. Before I retired, I kept encountering articles about the dangers of being at loose ends in retirement with too much time on your hands. Conversely, I’d speak to folks who’d say, “Oh, you’ll be busier than you are now.” Guess which contingent was right?

Not long ago, Mom allowed the dog to dictate a column which she graciously typed for him. Unlike the dog, I am perfectly capable of typing my own column. After all, I’ve spent plenty of time on Mom’s keyboard, though until now, I’ve kept my typing talents secret.

My husband and I may have been the last folks in Dunwoody to discover Co’m, a Vietnamese restaurant with French and Thai influences, but we’re fast becoming regulars. I’d noticed their sign in the Shops of Dunwoody on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road but just never thought to try them.

My husband, who retired long before I did, has two groups of friends he connects with regularly. First is a group that I think of as the Coffee & Computer Club, a group of guys who meet monthly at 45 South Café in downtown Norcross. While it’s not officially a computer club, several of t…

It started off as a good day. I headed to the ReStore to see what I could find that might work in my sister’s new St. Simons Island condo and found a pair of lamps for a great price. Next, I met a girlfriend for lunch at Pure Taqueria on Johnson Ferry Road. It poured rain while we had a leis…

I finally made my way to the Habitat for Humanity Restore that opened in Doraville last year on Technology Parkway—the access road off I-85 Exit 94. The only other time I visited one was on a trip to Port Royal, S.C., while enjoying a street festival there. Today, there are more than 920 sto…

I’ve enjoyed reliving our vacation by writing about our Viking ship and the historical perspective we gained while traveling. If those topics haven’t sparked your interest, this description of the sights along the way is bound to do the trick.

As soon as I received the email announcing the return to the Chattahoochee Nature Center of “Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America in Concert,” I reached out to friends to see who wanted to go. This year, instead of lawn seats, we’ll have nine of us at a table in the pavilion.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Prague and our river cruise through Germany, Austria and Hungary. The small towns were charming and the ship a dream, but it’s the history of these countries, particularly over the last 100 years, that has stayed uppermost in my mind and served to remind me …

Our May river cruise was an amazing trip. Yes, the weather could have been a tad drier and warmer, but we didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits. Though we’d heard Viking was the cream of the crop, we could never have imagined what that meant.

Isn’t it funny the things that will trigger memories? I was reading an article on the origins of the phrase “run the table” and thought of my dad. Why? Because the phrase comes from the game of pool, something my dad was quite good at. I don’t know how often he ran the table or if he ever di…

It’s hard to believe Mary’s Nails in the Orchard Park shopping center has been open for close to 23 years. Times were I visited every two weeks, but since I’ve retired I’ve convinced myself I don’t need a mani/pedi that often. And, truth be told, even before I retired, I probably didn’t need…

This year for the first time, we’re going on a European river cruise. We’ve taken several bike and barge trips over the years, one in the Netherlands and two in France, and one biking/sailing trip to the Greek Islands. A river cruise will be a new experience for us. Not only are we not bicyc…

You have to love spring in Dunwoody. The azaleas and dogwoods put on a show, and the irises and daylilies start coming up. The red and white awning on Jett Ferry signals the opening of Nell’s Produce Stand stocked with fresh tomatoes and more, and up and down the streets, you can see homeown…

It’s not Christmas or Hanukkah; it’s the beginning of the spring/summer gift season. Have you ever let Mother’s Day sneak up on you? Has your mom, grandmother or significant other been the recipient of a last minute bouquet from the grocery store because you woke up Sunday morning and sudden…

Six of us met in the mountains this spring for a long overdue girls’ trip. Our destination was a friend’s mountain home in Nantahala, so we headed north. My threesome had a list of stops to make before meeting the others in Franklin, N.C., for dinner prior to the drive up the mountain. It’s …

I was at the gym one day when I mentioned to my workout partner that I needed to find a hostess gift. She suggested The Enchanted Forest located in the Dunwoody Hall shopping center. Back then, I’d never heard of it, as that shopping center is not on my beaten path. When I’d been there at al…

What a wonderful addition to the Dunwoody scene! Drop by Under the Pecan Tree in the Shops of Dunwoody, and you’ll understand that reaction. Owned by Amanda and Davis Scoles and their daughter Annie, the shop is filled with gifts and accessories for every occasion. The Scoles live in Brookha…

I had not been to the Biltmore House in years until a short article in the AJC caught my attention and prompted a spring trip. What intrigued me was the mention of the “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” exhibit, so I gathered up my husband, my friend Beverly Herbert and even the fa…

Spring has sprung. Daylight saving time kicked off March 13 and we celebrate Easter, March 27. Before you know it, we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day, high school and college graduations and summer weddings. With all that in mind, I paid an advance visit to Blooms of Dunwoody to see their sel…

Not long ago, I suffered an attack of computer gremlins. When I worked in corporate America, I could call 1-800-India or get help from co-workers. One gal who worked for me even occasionally helped me with my home computer issues.

As the economy improves —or not—as folks become empty nesters or families grow, as we age or as our homes age, many of us face the question: should we stay or should we go? A January AJC article noted that approximately “63 percent of the nation’s homes have reached their 30th birthday.” Whe…

This column was dictated by Lord Banjo the family dog. He’s too much of an aristocrat to do his own typing.

In search of just the right necklace to go with the dress I was planning to wear to the Stage Door Players Broadway Bash, I wandered into Nancy’s in the Shops of Dunwoody. What a find. All of you who’ve been her regular customers for years must wonder why I’m just now making this discovery. …

For me, it’s always been red. Anyone who knows me has heard me say that the only colors I need in my closet are black, white, red and purple. I was tickled pink, then, when one of my daily Delancey Place emails came across the wire with the title “Wear a Red Dress.”

It’s time again for the Dunwoody Garden Club’s annual Bridge Party, Luncheon and Silent Auction 10 a.m – 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Fellowship Hall at Dunwoody Methodist Church. Despite the snowstorm that blew in the night before last year’s event, the turnout was still pretty good.

Do you keep up with the news on the latest nutrition guidelines? If an update makes the paper or one of my daily newsfeeds I read it, though I don’t go searching for that information. Last year’s news was that eggs are good for us. In years past, we learned butter is better for us than marga…

I stopped by the Dunwoody Library with a bag of books in mid-December, and the Friends of the Dunwoody Library (FODL) were already hard at work preparing for the January sale. You didn’t think they waved a magic wand to sort and stack all those books, did you? No, it takes weeks and weeks of…

I’ve never needed an excuse to read; I’ve more often felt the need to defend my early to bed reading habit. My husband has long since grown accustomed— or perhaps resigned to —my habit of heading upstairs shortly before 9 p.m. to hit the bed so I can read for at least an hour before lights out.

Are you one of those folks who gets fired up in January to get fit, lose weight, change your unhealthy ways, or all of the above? If so, according to one of my previous personal trainers, you are a “resoluter”. As a former Marine, he was a tad judgmental about all the newbies who flooded int…

‘Tis the time of year when we think of “Peace on earth, good will toward men,” so it was fitting that my yoga teacher opened one of our December classes by reading this text from ancient India:

Last year for the first time, we left town for Christmas and enjoyed a picture-perfect Christmas at Amelia Island. In the past, my husband and I hosted Holiday meals for varying size crowds. The guest list ran the gamut from cousins, aunts, siblings and friends to just the two of us and my m…

Like most of us, I start preparing the house for Christmas right after Thanksgiving, and this year is no different. I’m sure you can imagine the state of my house as I clean, straighten, move furniture to make room for the tree, and listen to Christmas music all the while.

Living in Dunwoody means I have lots to be thankful for. When I look around at our thriving community, the businesses and the residents, I can’t help but smile. So, with a nod to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Let me count the ways” in which I’m thankful.

Dunwoody’s Stage Door Players kicked off its 42nd season this year, and its opening production of “Southern Comforts” was just as it was described by the New York Times, “a delightful and sneakily sexy romance.” Yes, it was staged here in Dunwoody but had also run in New York City.

Shout it from the rooftops: I have officially entered the “play” phase of my life. Yes, I am happily retired from a 32-year career in corporate America. 

Veterans Day, established in 1938 as Armistice Day to honor WWI veterans and mark the anniversary of the formal end of that war at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, after our country had been through both WWII and the Korean War. The d…

Everyone knows I enjoy clothes shopping and finding the latest fashions at a reasonable price. I may get style ideas from magazines and the internet, but I don’t buy designer duds nor do I spend a fortune to update my closet.

I’ve been taking yoga with Kathy Koenigsberg for 10 years, and we were both students of another Dunwoody instructor prior to that.  When that instructor left Atlanta at the same time Kathy was working on her certification, I was fortunate to be able to continue with Kathy. Through the years,…

We think of good neighbors where we live, but how often do we consider the good neighbors in our Dunwoody business community? This is a tale of how the Williamsburg shopping center businesses have pulled together to help a new neighbor—Highland Apothecary.

Believe it or not, I’ve lived in Dunwoody almost 17 years but have never made it to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Book Festival. Actually, I’ve never been to any book festival. Who knows why? I’m a huge reader; I rarely miss a Dunwoody Library Sale, and I’m a library …

Certain topics are worth repeating, so it’s time once again for me to let you know that the Friends of the Dunwoody Library are holding their final 2015 sale September 24-28. And yes, I did stock up at their May sale, but I’ve long since gone through that stack of books. As usual, I’ll be sh…

When we first landed in Dunwoody 16 years ago, we did our own yard work. Well, my husband would say that’s a loose “we” as he did most of it. I was the occasional unskilled labor for picking up sticks, raking leaves and toting them to our big wooded backyard, and planting flowers after he du…