Happy Easter

Apprehensive Bunny

Tense Bunny
Sad Bunny!
Just HOPPING by to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

I attended Glimmer of Life’s 1st Annual Dinner and Auction last night, and it was wonderful.  Glimmer of Life is such a FANTASTIC organization. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the work of this fabulous organization,  here is a brief quote from their site.  I happen to know the women associated with this organization and cannot say enough good things about them and their love for animals!!!  They’re the best!!!

Glimmer of Life, Small Dog Rescue of South Florida

Glimmer of Life is a 501(c)(3) 100% non-profit, no-kill rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of neglected, abused, sick, and injured animals whose devastating health conditions would have caused them to be euthanized anywhere else.

Over 11,000 animals are euthanized each day in the United States. Many of which could have been saved.

Check out their web site to better acquaint yourselves with the wonderful work this organization does for small dogs!


Happy Spring

Happy Spring! An old poem I’ve always loved, although it’s only credited to “Anonymous.” I’ve done a lot of Googling lately and still can’t find who really wrote this poem.

It's Officially Spring

Spring is sprung,
The grass is riz,
I wonder where the birdies is.
The bird is on the wing.
Gee, isn’t that a funny thing.
I thought the wing was on the bird.
How absurd!

I’m still in my star-crossed lovers and belief in the magic of love mode.  Since several friends have recommended the movie LETTERS TO JULIET to me, I finally watched it today.  Deep sigh!  Yes, it’s very sweet and implausible to the cynics of the world…but that’s not ME.  I believe in love, so, of course, I loved the movie!  I highly recommend it.


I read this wonderful editorial review on Amazon.com by Tami Horiuchi and wanted to share it.


“Letters to Juliet succeeds in being just what it’s meant to be, a feel-good romantic comedy about love lost and love found, in which love triumphs in the face of cynicism. Inspired by the book of the same name, and filmed against the beautiful backdrop of Verona, Italy, the movie tells the story of how troubled young women seek advice from Shakespeare’s Juliet by leaving letters tacked to a wall, where they are carefully answered by Juliet’s self-appointed “secretaries.” One such note is found 50 years later by Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), a young American woman who is soon to be married and who yearns to become a writer. Her heartfelt answer to the letter serves as a catalyst for an epic romantic journey that will span continents and generations. The success of the film lies in the powerful interaction between the wistfully romantic and fully mature author of the letter, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave); the romantically idealistic Sophie; and Claire’s overly pragmatic, downright cynical grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan), who grudgingly accompanies his grandmother on what he deems an insane quest to Verona to find her long lost love, Lorenzo. The filmmakers, writers, and actors all capitalize well on the comic possibilities of the situation, and there are more than a few good chuckles to be had at the absurdity of the interactions between these three very different characters, as they experience everything from hope and longing to disappointment and unexpected fulfillment. In the end, each character grows and changes profoundly as a result of their shared journey. Sure, the events portrayed in the film are highly unrealistic, but that doesn’t change the fact that the film speaks to that innermost part of us all that, despite all logic, makes us want to believe that true love really does exist and that it just might triumph in the end. –Tami Horiuchi”

Yes, I’m still playing tourist where I live <g>.  Today was my South Beach excursion and going to a restaurant I’ve never eaten at before…BIG PINK…on South Beach.  What fun!  I guess you could say BIG PINK is a diner, but it’s so much more.  It’s casual to the nth degree…but has an extensive, interesting menu.  Yummy!!!


Cobb Salad

Reuben Sandwich


Amazing Cheesecake, which I did NOT eat!

Bigggggg Cookie at BIG PINK


And then after lunch a walk to the beach to appreciate the perfect blue sky and scent of the briny breeze.  I live in South Florida and haven’t even been NEAR the ocean in a long time!

A perfect beach day!

As a voracious reader since childhood, I have always been acutely aware of the profound effect of books and the written word.  Pictures, not quite as much.  There was the cliche, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Seriously…1,000 words?  That’s a lot of words.  However, as I grow older (I said “older,” not “old”), I have become more attuned to ALL my senses.  I prefer to think I have a heightened awareness to life.  I take increased delight in photos that stir memories, scents that transport me more soundly than a time machine…and music.  Ah, music.

 Music has become a way for my spirit to wing its way to another day and time…and sometimes just to savor and embellish the here and now.  A song doesn’t even have to have a deep underlying meaning.  Sometimes it’s just fixing a certain time/day/era that’s meaningful in and of itself.

 One such song is It’s My Turn, sung by Diana Ross.  I love that song!  The irony is I loved the movie as well, although it has taken some hard knocks by reviewers.  Art is so subjective!  I want a DVD copy of that movie sooooo badly, but it doesn’t exist.  I don’t understand why.  It would sell at least ONE copy…to me <g>.  If anyone ever comes across a copy, please let me know.

 It’s My Turn captivated me when it was released in 1980.  I can’t even tell you why.  I went to the movies alone, it held no attachment to anything going on in my life at the time, and yet I fell in love with the character-driven movie…AND THE SONG.    That’s the beauty of music.  Did I like the movie for the music or the music because of the movie?  Who knows.  It doesn’t matter WHY.  I just know I came away from that movie enchanted for all time for some reason. 

Fast forward to 2011.  It’s My Turn, the song, is still a favorite of mine and I listen to it whenever I feel like it…just because it makes me feel good.

Do you have songs that create a mood for you or take you away to last week, last year, or another lifetime?  What songs are YOUR personal time machines?

Craving Cuban Cuisine

I started this blog with “Reading, Writing, and Cruising” as some of my favorite things, but I’ve decided I’d also like to talk about some of my other passions…food, movies, and music. 

First up is my craving for some really good Cuban food.  The best I ever had was many, many years ago in Miami at a restaurant called Bilbao.  Has anyone heard of it?  Better yet, does anyone here remember it?  I enjoyed the BEST Paella and Sangria there.  That was my first time experiencing either, and I’ll never forget how delicious they were. I can almost taste the red wine and fruit in the Sangria even now. 

What Cuban food do you like to eat the most? 


As a tribute to my passion for Cuban food (which I really should learn how to make),  here is a recipe for Sangria that sounds really yummy.




  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups carbonated water (optional)


  1. In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.