Birthday Bungee Jump

BUNGEE JUMP Birthday Bungee Jump Posted on April 12, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM9 Comments Bungee jump at the Santa Cruz boardwalk 1992     I won it on the radio. KWAV radio out of Monterey, California, was offering a free bungee jump to the ninth caller The morning DJ, Jack Peterson, […]


Do We Still Need the Post Office?

  The good folks of Green Valley Lake say, “Yes!” As a recent visitor to Green Valley Lake, and soon-to-be temporary resident, I couldn’t agree more. I had gone through a lot of trouble to carefully package some books. These were important packages to me and to the people waiting […]

Sista Monica Lives On! 12

“When you walk through a storm hold your head up high” … Does that conjure up an image for you? The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Carousel“, where it originated  in 1945? (per Wikipedia) Or do you picture Andy Williams performing his version? Or Barbara Streisand? Or a bunch of association […]

Sista Monica Parker

5 tier wedding cake

Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear! 10

I was walking down the street the other day, and I saw a pile of rubble in front of my neighbor’s house. As I got closer, I thought, wait a minute! That’s no pile of rubble. That’s the Rustic-Chic cake stand my future daughter-in-law described to me that she wants […]

Blah, Blah, Blog! Why Do I Do It? 18

I’m a blogger. I like being a blogger. Somebody asked me: “What is a blog, anyway?” I didn’t know how to answer. I looked it up: Web Log. Ah ha! That’s what it is, a truncation of web log. Blogs take as many forms as there are bloggers. Some are selling goods or […]

Carole Jean Connolly-Shaw

Loaded Brownies – Part 2 6

 On my first flight out of Kano, after boarding 485 passengers, the cabin crew positioned to perform the required FAA required seatbelt and oxygen mask demonstration prior to take-off. Our head stew announced that individual instruction would be provided for use of the toilet facilities. This was only understood by us […]

Skating With Rich Kids 19

  Her eyes were riveted to the furry pink pom-poms attached to the pair of gleaming white skates casually draped over the shoulder of the pretty blonde girl. She was shivering in line dressed in her shabby hand-me-downs. A dreamy smile played upon her lips as she imagined herself wearing a white […]

Traditions We Bring With Us

The American flag shorts you see here will be “Turkey Trotting” down the road in Atenas, Costa Rica on Thursday, November 28, 2013! These shorts get pulled out and dusted off three times a year for over twenty years; the annual Wharf-to-Wharf 10K in Santa Cruz, California, the Firecracker 10K on […]