and away she goes… April 15, 2017

When we were little, my mom used to play a bedtime game with us that she had learned from her dad.  I think he must have made it up, but he died when she was only 9 so I never had a chance to ask. The game went like this.  Mom grasped my hands, Dad…

Bonjour, Vaison-la-Romain! June 23, 2019

My teeth are stuck together from eating nougat, that oh-so-sweet French confection, via the Middle East, of honey, nuts and egg whites. We hit a nougat factory in Montélimar yesterday and bought it by the kilo. Multiple kilos. I can’t get enough. Got to make sure it makes it safely home. The house in Vaison-la-Romaine…

Awesome day, all-around June 19, 2019

Parisian night music, wafting up to my open window from the restaurants and bars below. A symphony of multiple conversations playing off, through, and over each other, together rising in volume, dropping down to near silence, rising again, pierced by shrieks of laugher and deeper rumbles of amusement. The music softens as the night deepens…

We are the Lethargarians June 18, 2019

A long time ago we built jet lag into our travel plans and quit worrying about it. If we want to sleep, we do it. The clock be damned. Even if we get a good night’s rest over the ocean (and I didn’t) there still comes a time the next day when it catches up…

Love will find a way June 17, 2019

Our feet know the way. For thirty years we have made this pilgrimage. The hair is grayer (or bluer.) The waists are a little thicker. The hotels have changed — though not for the last ten years. Our Paris is not everyone’s but it is deeply familiar and soulful — like coming home to a…

One Fish Two Fish; Old Fish New Fish December 14, 2018

New Fish! I have a cold and wasn’t up to snorkeling or being hot so I slept away the day that Jerry, Gale and Tom went to the Great Barrier Reef. By all accounts it was a great day but the greatest part was that my husband, who seems to have a curse on him…

Hello, Sydney December 9, 2019

Too busy catching up with myself to have much to share these first few days away. Boy have I been out of touch with me. The Sydney Opera House is gorgeous in all its moods and I must have taken 50 shots. I’ve seen a million opals, fallen in love with half of them and…

Why so many women are so fucking angry. September 22, 2018

Because we treat girls like shit and make them believe they deserve it. Things that I have remembered from my past, unbidden, as I have imagined how Dr Christine Blasey Ford must feel and have felt having her memory of her assault challenged. When I was about 11 or 12 I was in a friend’s…

Home Again, Home Again ~~ January 12, 2018

On the plane — January 11 We are almost home after a month’s absence. It’s been an incredible trip — upending my mind, raising my consciousness, lighting up the globe of my imagination so that places that were once just names to me are now pulsing with life. It’s been the kind of transformative trip…

Random Things I Love about Paris ~~ January 7, 2018

It’s our second to last night in Paris, capping off a trip of a lifetime to exotic places I never thought to see. With all that adventure, I planned a little familiar comfort at the end of the trip with a few days in the loveliest city in the world. I wish I could write…