TRAVELING SOLO & CELEBRATORY CAKE

Let’s start at the beginning. Several months ago, spotting a cost-friendly Norwegian Airlines package to London/Edinburgh on Travelzoo Top 20, I clicked three times and magically owned an October trip across the Pond. For the past 15 years I’ve received Travelzoo’s weekly “amazing” offers and lived the dreams. Obviously I considered it time to play… 

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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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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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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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DORIE & INA: THE ART of FIERCE

In the mood to feel good? Need to unplug for a moment? I can magically make that happen: (1) Read my blog; (2) While still (hopefully) chuckling from Dorie & Ina: The Art of Fierce, drive to to your local theatre to see “La La Land”. If you’re not happy after (1) and (2) then,… 

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AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE (with DESSERT)

“Is this a sharable story?” I’ve been asking myself. “Can I blog about this to inspire or bring a smile?” If something really nice happens, I wondered, can I flip it into a Pay It Forward challenge for you readers as it was for me ? Coin flip. Heads, yes. Tails, yes. (It was Heads.)… 

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WHAT’S HAPPENING in YOUR BACKYARD?

Can you spare five minutes to be silly? In these somber times we still need to step outside our life box of concerns and shake it up. You have lots of happy breaths stored beside those worried and stressful ones. Just dig deeper and gulp. It’s CooktheBookFriday, time to share the exceptionally-talented David Leibovitz’s recipes… 

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JUNE is BUSTIN’ OUT in the ROCKIES

I need a Time Out to serve up some Joy. While processing the waywardness of our planet this week, it’s not disrespectful, to my mind, to search for an alternative to hand-wringing and strain. Who wants anxiety and sadness to become constant companions. Although I’m not important in that important sort-of-way nor powerful nor do… 

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LIFE on the SAFE SIDE: A LIST

Can you handle a How-To List? Realizing you’re involved in your own lives, I can hear heavy sighing. Take a deep breath. Grab that leap of faith. Today’s post is loaded with gems of wisdom. Lifesavers. For you. And, loved ones. It’s also CooktheBookFridays. Our recipe is Fattoush, David Lebovitz’s ingenious salad loaded with ‘a… 

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ROAD TRIP: MARIN, SONOMA to PITKIN COUNTY

Not much can leave me speechless. SALTED BUTTER CARAMEL-CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. Words. Cannot. Describe. Since every drool-worthy dessert needs a simple meal as its prop, I’m nominating this old-timer, Pasta Citron avec Jambon and Olives from Le Procope in Paris. Claiming to be the oldest cafe in Paris (George Washington probably slept there also.), their no-frills… 

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MY LEXUS & ME: 7,200 MILES LATER

Where to begin. This is my last LIGHTSonBRIGHT postmarked from California. In mid-November I left Aspen, barely escaping the first snow flurries, knowing it would be springtime before my return. The left side of my brain, where my logic is warehoused, kept telling me this was a good thing. My heart, where most of my… 

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HOW TO PICK & CHOOSE DELICIOUS

If you’re ever in Aspen and receive an invitation to have dinner with Cathy O’Connell and her husband, Fred Venrick, say, “Yes.” Until last September their back door was a short two blocks from my front door at The Gant. Although I never heard her complain, Cathy’s kitchen was tinier than my present mini-one. When… 

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