Archive for October 2013

Boo Time in Ghost Towns

blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-Dill

From mid-October to mid-November – the stars, planets, goblins and ghosts come out in full regalia.  Read the rest of this entry »

What Gets Better With Age

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Time waits for no one. It is always on the move. Preventing everything from happening at once. Because it is designed to diminish, time will travel around the clock and never stop.  Aging as it goes, the past, the present and the future.

It seems that everywhere you turn, just about everything seems consumed by time.  But still,  there are exceptions to this rule. Like Boots No. 7 skincare, a famous woman I greatly admire and the leftovers I have stashed in my refrigerator.  To begin our discussion right, I pour a cup of coffee – rich in strength, taste and aroma.  Read the rest of this entry »

It All Goes Well With Chocolate

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

It’s October – when the blooms of spring and summer turn into autumn colors. Our days are shorter now – and invigorating – with cooler blasts of crisp, fresh air.  Nighttime is the right time to get cozy under a warm blanket, duvet or wrapping of your choice. Park your ‘to do’ list in the garage, grab a bar of decadent chocolate and order a movie.  Big love on the widescreen??…I’m happy you’ve decided to join me. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Prince Tomatoes

Juicy….Smoky…dark mahogany and ruby…Rich.

The Pairing of the Tomato with Congress


The calendar has now moved into October.  A time when weather gets crisp and breezy in the Northern Hemisphere.  While the weather outside is delightful, another drama heats up in the U.S.   This time on Capital Hill.  I am alerting my senses to leave me behind momentarily and seek higher ground.  At the moment, I am stuck in the crossfires of media doomsayers and I need to vent my way out.

Where are the voices of reason when you need them?

If you don’t know what I am mumbling about, the House Republicans have locked horns with the Democrats, demanding that the nation’s new health-care reform law be delayed or repealed. President Obama and the Democrats have refused to give in, causing all kinds of speculation on what will happen next.  Government shutdown is what’s next. Sounds like a movie, starring Tom Cruise but, it’s not.  While it is not entirely catastrophic, a government shutdown will impact the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who will be laid off without pay in the coming weeks in both the public and private sectors.  It will reduce veteran benefits, create uncertainty among investors on Wall Street and weaken a growing economy, derailing everything that was going good for a change. That’s just some – not all – of its adverse effects

So I can get on with my life in good conscience, I would like to lodge a complaint.  This kind of self-centered, power posturing on Capital Hill is more than embarrassing. It’s damn dangerous.   It could have a crippling effect on a forward moving nation. Just as the American spirit was rebounding from a long stalemate.  It raises the questions about patriotism.  I sigh, gnawed by that thought and open the refrigerator.  Behold,  a package of Black Prince tomatoes – at their best three days ago – comes to my rescue.

A person can improve with age and so can a Black Prince tomato.  Read the rest of this entry »