Plastic Flamingo Toy

Flamingo Freedom

TraceyGood News

I just had to pass on this story, as reported by Kevin Murphy of Reuters: Eight years ago, an African flamingo escaped from a Wichita, Kansas zoo … flew the coop, so to speak! He/she was recently spotted by birder, Neil Hayward, approximately 670 miles to the south, in the Gulf of Mexico. (The bird was wearing a zoo identification …

Mountain Skyline


TraceyBucket List

Mary writes: “I’ve been talking about making a bucket list for so long. I decided it was time to stop talking and start putting things down. So, on New Year’s Day, I’m going to sit down and write my very first Bucket List! I’m already excited!” (Click here to see what others have checked off their ‘bucket lists’)

Palm Tree Sunrise

On vacation

TraceyTracey's Blog

I’m taking a little holiday vacation from my blog but will return in the New Year! The other sections of this site have been refreshed so please, check out my column, The Second Hand, this week’s Good News and, of course, Bucket List success stories! Please, feel free to email me any questions, comments, story ideas or Bucket List fun …

Abstract Art



However you celebrate this time of year, chances are you are feeling pretty spent as you read this. Is it possible for you to stop long enough to take a moment to appreciate everything that is good in your life? I hope so because such a perspective will help you fully realize exactly what it is we are supposed to …

Bench in Snowy Park

One Generous Rap Star

TraceyGood News

I’m the first to admit that my knowledge of Rap stars is pretty much zero to none! But I think I have my first favorite, Aubrey Drake Graham, who is known as ‘Drake’.  As reported by KOIN News, in Portland, Oregon, after finishing up his concert, Drake saw a number of homeless sleeping in the dining room of the Union …

Red Bird Ornament


TraceyBucket List

Paul writes: “Come February, 2014, my trip of a lifetime begins! I am going bird watching in South America. I’ve managed to see many beautiful and fascinating birds throughout  United States, so this is a real treat.” (Click here to see what others have checked off their ‘bucket lists’)

Spiky Colorful Balls

What do you want?

TraceyTracey's Blog

Between my work as Life Coach, my print column, this blog, and my involvement in a variety of social circles, I hear many different stories about what the holiday season means to people and how they plan on celebrating. I know some folks who are thrilled to be off to Yellowstone National Park with their entire, multi-generational family  and others …

Teddy Bears Moon Stocking

Happy Holidays … I hope


Dear Tracey, I will have most of my family visiting us for the holiday. Like most families, it can be a stressful time. I really want it to be different. My husband and I plan to keep things as simple as we can. Our children are pretty young yet, so they are naturally excited about everything. However, my nieces and …

Elmer's E Logo

Elmer’s Restaurant

TraceyGood News

On our recent trip north to Portland, we happened to stop for lunch at Elmer’s Restaurant, just north of Eugene, Oregon. Here’s the good news – I think we may have encountered the friendliest, most accommodating staff in the entire western United States! Our server, “Amanda” was an absolute joy. We were so impressed we stopped on our way back …

Big Dipper Flag

Alaskan Winter

TraceyBucket List

Stephen writes: “People think we’re crazy and perhaps we are but no matter. We are off to Alaska at the end of next January! Why? It sounds fascinating to experience that part of the world in the dead of winter and it’s something we southern California retirees have both dreamed of doing for a very long time.” (Click here to …