Lipstick on your collar

I love lipstick. On those rare occasions when I leave the house without it, people ask if I’m okay because they think I look “a little pale.” That’s a pretty clear message. And yet… I’m a behind-the-scenes, producer type. While I have the ability to work just about any kind of crowd, do a TV […]

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In the footsteps of the stonecutters…

We make frequent trips to New England, partly because we love it so, partly because we have both roots and family there. Our visits often begin and end at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s home in Vermont. On one such visit, we took a fascinating field trip to, of all places, a cemetery. But not just any […]

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It won’t be long…

Bedecked, festooned, adorned. Pick your favorite over-the-top adjective. Come summer,   there are flowers everywhere you turn in Québec city. And, just as I’ve often observed in Maine, the perennials seem more vivid, more lush. Perhaps because they know they’re appreciated more when summer starts late and ends too soon???    

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Roussillon

As we hover between the last gasp of winter and the earliest days of spring, take a moment to visit Roussillon with me. Roussillon rises out of the Vaucluse like a Provençal Brigadoon. The ochre-laden earth  gives it a sunny luminescence even on the grayest day. Roussillon is one of the villages perchés of Provence—the perched villages […]

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Old dogs can, in fact, learn new tricks

UPDATE: Notice the goof in paragraph 2, where I wrote “spring” instead of “string.” Wishful thinking if not a Freudian slip, so I’m going to leave it as is! I launched my blog with the New Year after months of tossing the idea, well seeded by my daughter,  around in my head. Finally, around Christmas time, I […]

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But it doesn’t taste like my mother’s…

Author Laura Schenone went to Italy in search of her ancestral ravioli recipe. Hold that thought while I digress a bit. Ravioli is my favorite food in the world. Not the fancy kind, stuffed with lobster or  “kiwi infused pork” (no kidding!). Plain old cheese ravioli. Peasant food—la cucina povera— at its finest. It was my family’s signature dish for […]

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Pop over…

Popovers, which more or less are individual Yorkshire puddings without the beef drippings for flavor, or “toad in the hole” without the sausage, are pure magic. And, because they’re hollow inside, they’re light as the proverbial feather. Truthfully, as lovely as they are, they’re very easy to make. You just need to allow yourself enough time, […]

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Separation anxiety

While there have been and will continue to be numerous entertaining diversions along the way, the crux of this blog is about retired life. Not having to go to work every day and being able to call your own shots is a BIG deal. While some people just slip right into their new normal life; others struggle with the […]

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Florence on Tuesday

I am one of those annoying people who would photograph almost anything, given the chance and a patient companion. “Stuff” wears out. Dishes break, linens grow threadbare, furniture sags. The extraordinary memories of  your travels, near and far, will stay. And with photos, you can call them up any time you need to—to share a story, evoke a […]

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What’s cooking?

Cooking changes when you’re “around the ranch” most of the time. I’m still in the process of rethinking  my shopping and cooking habits. For example, there is the problem of lunch. When we’re on one of our traveling vacations, a long, luxurious lunch is often our principal meal of the day. When I have a busy […]

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