A COMFORT LIST for THE ROAD

During the Thanksgiving holiday my friend Meredith explored Patagonia, a meandering territory in the southern tip of South America. This rugged area of spectacular national parks in the Andes mountain range is shared by Chile and Argentina. Forty years ago English author Bruce Chatwin wrote IN PATAGONIA, ‘a masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the… 

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BEFORE FLYING ACROSS the POND…

As you’re reading this post, I’m throwing last-minute essentials into my suitcase before leaving for a week in London and Edinburgh. Thanks to the low-fare transatlantic carrier Norwegian Air International now with more direct flights to London than any US airline and a British travel agency, I found a vacation package unable to ignore. TWO… 

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WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS…

Did I ever mention my appointment with a Des Moines, Iowa psychologist. In my mid-thirties, I was needing counseling and advice. After talking to me for 30 minutes he remarked that ‘I would hit my head incessantly against the wall to get something done.’ Heck, I smiled broadly, got all puffed up, considering that a… 

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ALL ABOARD: MY TWEAKS to HAPPY

As counterintuitive as this may seem, Summer 2017 has been wonderful, my happiest since Alzheimer’s knocked at our door thirteen years ago. That’s in spite of, maybe even more so because our country and world is in, let’s admit it, chaos. It’s darn hard these days to stay aboard that happy train. Even Joy the… 

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SUMMER’S HOME STRETCH with FRIENDS

THE COSMO GIRL I first met Karen Kribs, above, fifteen years ago when we joined our mutual friend, Nancy Alciatore, for a month of immersion study at the Institut de Français located on the Côte d’Azur in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Nancy, fluent in French, tested into the Advancé 1 class. Karen and I, both neophytes, were placed… 

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FOODIE THERAPY: LET’S DO IT

When I was first married and my husband a graduate student at Florida State University, my cooking skills were, to be generous, limited. I worked with a rotating schedule of five dishes: tuna noodle casserole; spare ribs; goulash; pork chops and hamburgers. To get to seven, I relied on goulash and tuna for leftovers. Somewhat… 

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WANT the RAINBOW? WELCOME the RAIN.

Not for one moment do I begrudge water-deprived California a drop of moisture. After suffering through five years of drought, losing 102 million trees in its stricken forests, this state needed a miracle. Obviously Mother Nature heard the plea, tweeted Mt.Olympus and Zeus, the Greek god of clouds, rain, thunder and lightning answered the call…. 

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MONTEREY, STEINBECK & HUMPBACK WHALES

This week’s post, falling on March 17th, was shaping up so nicely. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a time even for Irish wannabes to make merry. Take advantage of this holiday to laugh and be spontaneously rambunctious. I dare you. Erin Go Bragh. Also worth sharing, my recent 5-day trip to Monterey, a coastal city… 

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A DUTCH BABY, DULCE de LECHE & BIG QUESTION

It poured last week. Rains were so heavy that 188,000 people were evacuated from a three-county area in northern California. A possible dam failure at Lake Oroville, a reservoir that supplies much of California’s drinking water, threatened to break, sending a 30-foot wall of water down its emergency spillway. Oroville Dam is the largest earth-filled… 

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#Everyonehasastory, #Cookthebookfridays,

“Everyone has a story, the air is full of stories.” Isabelle Allende Do you realize January 2017 has packed its bag, left the house and won’t return? Already two days into February, it’s Groundhog Day. Punxutawney Phil saw his shadow. Looking ahead, (or, not,) Super Bowl Sunday, the Oscars and Presidents’ week-end are in the… 

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