As an Anglophile through and through, I’ve long dreamed of visiting England. I knew that when I finally made my trip of a lifetime, I wanted to see more than London, but identifying additional destinations and working out travel details seemed a daunting task. Fortunately, I found Danielle G…

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On Veteran’s Day, we remember and honor our veterans, but how often do we think of their families? In particular, how often do we think about the families of those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice?

Given that it’s a 45-minute drive away in Milton, you may not have heard of Scottsdale Farms. Still, I’ve been amazed by the number of Dunwoody folks who have. I didn’t know it existed until I had the opportunity to do a book signing there in July. Dubbed the Dog Days of Summer, the event in…

Not long ago, I set out to write a column about my favorite local shops and started with this introduction:

Have you attended A Novel Idea in Dunwoody? Dunwoody author Kathy Florence brought the monthly event to Crema after hearing about the idea from Marsha Cornelius who organized the original series in Canton and then expanded it to Alpharetta.

I thought we’d resolved the question of moving or staying 10 years ago, but it came up again late last year. As I walked in the door one evening after cocktails out, my husband greeted me with, “I think we need to move; the upkeep for this house is just too much.”

We are fortunate in Metro Atlanta to have too-many-to-count talented authors and a wealth of events where we can meet them. And, we authors are fortunate to have an increasingly supportive community of interested readers.

How lucky can a bookworm get? If you live in the Dunwoody area, the answer is lucky enough to have two book sales in September. Coming up first and lasting for one week is the 59th Annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) Bookfair Sept. 24-30. Then, the Friends of the Dunwoody …

As you meet new folks out and about, quite often someone will ask, “Where are you from?” That conversation at a recent event sent me tooling down memory lane.

Color me an oddball. I have only owned four cars in my life, and only two have been new.

It’s natural to think about my favorite authors with the Friends of the Dunwoody Library Book Sale coming up June 14 . If I were asked to confine my reading to only one genre, I’d be forced to choose mystery. I read other genres but return again and again to mysteries. Possibly my all-time f…

You may have figured out that the Penn household is always on the go. This wanderlust is a product of retirement, and we are having a ball. When I worked in corporate America, we traveled, but taking a week or two off required working myself to death the week before vacation and then again u…

Have you heard that the New York Daily News has slashed its editorial staff by 50 percent? What does this news have to do with us here in the South and Dunwoody in particular? In a nutshell, it speaks to the demise of truly local news.

I’ve decided I’m a collector of connections. When I worked in corporate America, my company briefly had a tagline something like “Making Connections.” It encouraged us to connect with folks across the company so we could better understand and appreciate each other and be better able to help …

I had no plans to vacation in the mountains this summer until I revisited a story about a trip we’d taken several years ago. Suddenly, I got the uncontrollable urge to hear a rushing stream while rocking on a porch. Before I knew it, I’d booked a stay at Mountain Creek Bend Cabin in Scaly Mountain.

Teresa Forbes, a graduate of Dunwoody HS who will attend Valdosta State University in the fall, wrote this week’s column. This essay was the winning entry in the 2017 Voice of Democracy contest for Dunwoody/Sandy Springs VFW Post 10822.

Surely I’m not the only one who requires quiet time. Let’s start with the mornings. For years, I rolled out of bed, fixed my cup of coffee and took it to my office upstairs. I was accompanied by the cat and the dog and silence. My husband didn’t get up as early as I did in those days, as he …

Do you have favorite Dunwoody haunts? I’m a creature of habit. When I find a shop I like with friendly folks who treat me well plus topnotch merchandise or service, then I’m theirs for life. Some I visit weekly or more frequently; others maybe only every few months.

Believe it or not, I wasn’t always Dad’s favorite. I know my fans find that surprising. Even now, he has a favorite dog and a favorite cat so I can’t simply say, “I’m Dad’s favorite,” and leave it at that.

Does that describe you?  How do you become aware of interesting books?  Do you get emails from Amazon or Barnes & Noble because they are tracking your reading habits?  Do you rely on recommendations from friends? Have you ever tried BookBub? 

I discovered this program when I read Jean Gill’s “Someone to Look Up To,” a novel written by a Great Pyrenees dog, as is my book “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch.” The difference is the dog narrator in “Someone to Look Up To” has a much more serious tale to tell than Lord Banjo does. Lord Banjo’…

Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, but it’s also a day when I’m reminded to think about those service members who are still with us. The Quilts of Valor Foundation is an organization that does just that. I learned about Quilts of Valor a…

I call myself a word nerd and grammar geek. These descriptors can be considered compliments or insults, depending on whom you ask. My sisters and I are word nerds who must have dictionaries handy at all times. The advent of smartphones means we no longer have to rush home to look up words. N…

How is that SOHO Office barely registered on my radar until this year? All I could think of when I heard SOHO was the area in NYC, not Small Office Home Office at Orchard Park. And how is that I am now dependent on this neighborhood resource? Could it be because Adam Freedman of Dunwoody PC …

If you eat leftovers, you may be in the minority. I was astounded when I saw this headline: “Food is so cheap, Americans have stopped eating leftovers.” First I thought, “Seriously? We eat leftovers all the time.”

It all started when I needed a new cell phone. I was perfectly happy with my old smartphone until it would no longer update. For various reasons, a new iPhone seemed to be the best choice. I simply needed a phone that would work for Instagram, the Square app, and Facebook as well as the basi…

I’m celebrating an important anniversary this month. No, it’s neither a wedding nor career anniversary; it’s a workout anniversary. My workout partner Jen Nelson and I have been hitting the gym together for 10 years. We keep track of the time by the age of her youngest child, who was just a …

There’s fun galore coming up in Dunwoody. First, the annual Art in the Park exhibit and the Dunwoody Community Garden Plant Sale run Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These two events support the arts and the community garden. 

Are there more and more and articles about aging lately, or do I notice them more because I am, gulp, aging? Perhaps the number of articles is increasing because the baby boomers are in their 60s and 70s, and there are so many of us.

I have a huge announcement, huge I tell you. While I’ve occasionally written columns for Mum when she’s busy, I was beyond excited when the editor of the Highlands Newspaper asked me to write columns on a regular basis. Hear ye, hear ye, Lord Banjo is now officially a columnist—but only in N.C.

I’ve just returned from another trip to Black Mountain, N.C. where I enjoyed several fun-filled days with friends I made at work in the 90s. When you spend 32 years at one company, you’re bound to make some friends. If you’re lucky, a few will become lifelong friends no matter the time and d…

How did I not know about this neighborhood treasure? I discovered il Giallo Osteria & Bar when they offered an hor d’ oeuvres event one evening in January. Because my friend Mary and I both celebrate January birthdays, I invited her to join me for a girls night out to kick off the birthd…

To my readers, it must seem that I travel all the time, but my husband and I stayed home for almost two months before we went to see my sister in New Orleans in February.

Kudos to Kathy Wilson Florence, who in 2016 came up with the idea to launch the Dunwoody Author Bookstore at Lemonade Days, offering books published by Dunwoody residents. 2018 marks the third year you can not only shop the vendor booths for the usual variety of soap, baked goods, and jewelr…

How often do you take the time to let someone know they’ve made a difference in your life, that something they did or said influenced you?

We all know that Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14, but who knew there was a National Love Your Pet Day?  I sure didn’t, but then I, Lord Banjo, am loved each and every day. Do humans really need to be reminded to love their pets?  If so, then I’m a lucky boy, ‘cause my Royal parents love me all th…

I couldn’t do anything but laugh in disbelief as this tale of woe unfolded.  It started at 1 a.m. in the MARTA parking lot upon our return from a trip. “We’re not going anywhere; the car won’t start,” groaned my husband. He tried again, and luckily it started.

In 2017, I wrote a column on what it takes to plan a theater season. At Stage Door Players, the 2017/2018 season is underway with successful runs of two plays already under its belt. While Producing Artistic Director Robert Egizio’s work on the current season is by no means over, he is alrea…

Seeing a Facebook post about best loved Golden Books took me on a trip down memory lane as I recalled my favorite childhood books. High on that list was ”The Poky Little Puppy,” and a bit of research revealed that it ranks as the top-selling children’s book of all time. When I tried to call …

We hadn’t departed Whitefish, Mont., before I began to wonder how we’d ever top our 2017 Christmas trip. I had dreams of a white Christmas in a rustic yet luxurious lodge and that’s what I got.

And you’re thinking, “Mot juste? Does she mean au jus? Has she lost her mojo or her mind?” Well, hopefully, I haven’t yet lost either of those. Instead, I’ve found a new word.

Most of us celebrate New Year’s somehow, someway, but I suspect few of us are aware of the holiday’s history. As you would expect, a wealth of information is but a few clicks away. Until I started surfing, I didn’t know how ancient the holiday was and didn’t realize that it hadn’t always fal…

Until my mom passed away a few years ago, I’d always spent Christmas in Atlanta, switching off with my mom and my sisters as to who hosted the dinner Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Since then, my husband and I have traveled to celebrate the holiday.

Some folks start Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Me? I start wearing my Christmas attire. I’m surely not the only person who has a collection of shirts, scarves, and jewelry suitable for the season.

Lord Banjo is plumb tuckered out what with all his celebrity appearances. That must be why he’s allowing me to compose this update rather than asking me to take dictation. For two weekends running, he’s had two book signings on Saturday and then collapsed into a royal heap.

Here’s how it started. First, I smiled when a friend emailed just past Halloween that she’d like to have a few girls over for cocktails but needed to apologize and warn us that her Christmas decorations were already up. Then, my husband and I were driving down the street and saw a yard with …