Minimalist Vamping

The frump facing me in the mirror gently whispered “it is time to revamp your style!” For the past two years I had not spent much time looking in the mirror or considering anything more than comfort. It started with a manicure, sporting long tailored nails. For a woman, we can look down at our…

Alcan Adventure

The historical Alcan Highway was built in 1942 during World War II.  Due to the perils of shipping goods from the USA to Alaska, the solution was to build this connecting highway. It is known as the greatest engineering feat of the 20th century.  Men worked in freezing weather at seventy to ninety degrees below…

Momma Mia

Born as an only child, in a small Heidi like village called Shuen Ecken, in the Eiffel mountains of Germany, my mother Maria Herzig Crane inherited the strength and spirit to survive the war.  Momma Mia was strong willed and unyielding in her determination to live according to her beliefs.  Her real beauty shined as…

Family Reflections

My sister Mary did the ancestry research and discovered that our bloodline includes the hearty people of Norway, German, Irish, and a scant of American Indian. I was named after my mother’s mother Barbara Herzig. In 1979 I traveled to Germany to meet my mother and she took me to her childhood village in the…

A Perfumers Delight

My mother once told me “A lady never buys her own perfume.” How lovely it is to receive a bottle of pleasantness from the man who loves you. “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” Proverbs 27:9 — I treasure this advice from my…