Wonder: African Tulip Tree

One Sunday evening, my son and I were taking the trash out and getting ready to drag our trash cans up the gravel road to the cul-de-sac.  I had a stinky, full trash bag and was hefting it into the can when my 2-year-old stopped, spun around and said... "Woooowwww" in total awe.  He was…

Wonder: Tall Ships

Cruise ships are curious things. Whenever I consider the idea of cruise ship travel, I waffle back and forth from one extreme - such a regimented form of travel wouldn't suit me at all - to the other - hey, maybe being out to sea on a roving resort would be positively brilliant! Especially when…

Wonder: Mysterious Papayas

Papaya blossoms smell like secrets.  They are incredibly subtle.  Everyday, I park my car next to a small grove of gangly papaya trees and it's only on rare still afternoons that my nose picks up their delicate fragrance.  Appropriately sweet for a fruit blossom, quietly spicy - vanilla clove pepper honey - and yet, there…