Fort Myers

I  fly with the Flying Circus’s full of fabulous freaks like me, fellow captives, captivated by the “greatest job in the world.”    Welcome to the big show ladies and gentlemen. Step right up, don’t be shy.  All shapes and sizes are welcome to apply.  We have daredevils, acrobats, strongmen, high-fliers, and clowns of renown.  […]


I am the great grand-daughter of a teacher, who’s mother was the daughter of a teacher, who’s daughter grew up to be a teacher, and now is the Aunt of yet another.  My Irish family tree buds teachers from every branch, and drops at least one of them to earth each generation. The grandfather I […]


My ears ring tonight as they will more and more.  Flying passengers on tour with FiFi my world is always loud but no one sound seems to stand out.  Instead they all roar in my head at once, clinging to each other in their urgency and volume.  My intercomm competes with the wind and the […]

Taking Care

When I travel on a cross-county I spend a lot of evenings in bookstores, used bookstores when I can find them. It’s a bit of a ritual. I try to find St Exupery’s section, see if they have anything beyond Wind, Sand, and Stars and buy a copy of The Little Prince.  I store them in […]

Ten Flying Lessons

A NASA report is a paper confessional, an anonymous form for pilots to send a mea culpa to the FAA through the Aviation Safety Reporting System, protecting us from prosecution if we break a regulation. It doesn’t offer forgiveness if we’ve been intentional, criminal, or habitual offenders, just when we make an honest mistake and own up […]

A Conscious Conscience

What happens to one, happens to everyone. Winter storms storm across the southeast.  A beautiful young women booked on a Delta flight to Tampa is rerouted through Detroit.  Her anger builds in waves as she pounds on her cellphone keyboard, seething inside. She storms up to the gate agent and demands to be compensated for […]

Love is in the Air – a Biplane Valentine

Project in Progress

Art from nothing, beauty from waste, discarded pieces collected, polished, refitted, and reassembled to be brought to flight again.  Restorations are never exactly as they were but better, more beautiful, and stronger than before. Watching Buddy’s parts be put together for seven years at Kimball’s, to most people they looked like a pile of junk […]

Home in the Sky

The flocking season is starting.  I can hear the call to take my wing and follow me across the sky cerulean sea.  Airshow’s and fly-in’s sprout on our calendars and bud the dreams of spring, springing our minds migrations all over the country to join our flying family.  Hearts pacing impatiently, while our thoughts airrace through the […]

Wander and Wonder

I’ve been collecting sunsets, storing them on my shelves, pasting them to the walls and floors of me. Piling them up next to piles of thunderstorms, racks of rainbows, baskets full of full moons, and stacks of sunrises.  In love with the colors of sky and how the light reflects all around.  Scooping up handfuls […]