50 Things I Love

To celebrate my recent 50th Birthday, I decided to list 50 Things I Love:

5 Activities

  • Downhill SkiingDownhill Skiing
  • Soaking in Natural Hot Springs
  • Teaching Anything I’ve Learned
  • Talking to People and Treasuring Their STORIES


5 Restaurants

  • Michel’s (Crepes — Durango CO)
  • FilibertosFilibertos (Mexican — Bernalillo NM)
  • Jaipur Junction (Indian — North Royalton OH)
  • Paneras (salads — eastern United States)
  • BoJangles (southern chicken, seasoned fries & dirty rice — Columbia SC)


5 “famous” People

  • Franklyn SingleyPrincess Diana & the British Royal Family
  • Sarah Palin (a gutsy woman who is SO Alaskan!)
  • Jeni & Billy (folk singer/songwriters)
  • Franklyn Singley (professional figure skater, dancer, coach & choreographer — a passionate man and a good friend)
  • Alison Kitchen (what can’t she do?! … singer, songwriter, cattle rancher and more) (previous blog post HERE)


5 Web Sites


5 “Artsy” Activities

  • photographer meTaking Photographs
  • Scrapbooking
  • Mixed-Media Journal Pages
  • Introducing Kids to Great Artists
  • Creative Blogging


5 Foods

  • poc chucChicken Divan
  • Ginger Beef
  • Chicken & Walnut Stir-fry
  • Fruity Curry
  • Poc Chuc (recipe HERE)


3 Beverages

  • durango joesMexican Mocha (frapped) from Durango Joe’s
  • Large Sweet Tea “Half-Cut” from McDonald’s
  • Mango Ceylon Tea by The Republic of Tea



2 Desserts

  • chocolate dessert“Chocolate Dessert”
  • Fudgy Brownies



5 Eclectic Things

  • iditarodAmazing Jewelry, Crafts & Artwork made by my kids 🙂
  • Our RV (Sometimes I go sit in it and pretend we are on the road again!)
  • Critters to Love On
  • Maps & Travel Books (Oh, the Places I Could Go…)
  • Anything about the Iditarod Race


5 Writers (See a list of some of my favorite books HERE)

  • patti dighAyn Rand
  • Patti Digh
  • Mark Twain (especially his travel writings)
  • Patricia McKillip (Riddlemaster of Hed series)
  • Terry Pratchett (an alternate universe described with fierce & funny satire)



  • thoreau“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams; Live the life you’ve imagined.” –Thoreau
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” –Einstein
  • “Success is loving yourself, loving what you do, and loving how you do it.” — Maya Angelou
  • “Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” Romans 15:13
  • Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. –Francis Chan



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