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…

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…

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…

Wanted: Family Doctor ~~ July 16, 2017

The family doctor is something of an endangered species these days, something that doesn’t get a lot of attention in all the healthcare hullabaloo out there.  You can’t hardly read a newspaper or blog post or listen to a podcast these days without hearing about health care. It’s a gigantic national issue because Obamacare, for…

A vacation, well done ~~ July 10, 2017

This has been the vacation I badly needed. Body healing, spirit renewing, mind clearing. At the beginning I wanted it to go on forever. I felt like I could not get enough of wallowing in luxurious nothing. I felt like that for at least a week.   But a funny thing has happened to me…

Just a brief fling ~~ June 30, 2017

It started out as a secret fling. I was an end-stage grad student in a department where he had recently been hired as a professor and although I was single and he was in the process of getting divorced and our different fields meant that we would never work together, we thought we should keep…

Stick a pin in it ~~ June 25, 2017

Adriatic Cruise, Day 2 Today we docked in Vodice, Croatia. We did not disembark. The village looks quaint from the ship but sounds touristy in the write-ups and I was anxious to have a day not doing anything at all. So no sightseeing report today. In fact, I spent so much time futzing around with…