This Rough Magic ~~ June 27, 2017

I have a much-loved copy of Mary Stewart’s This Rough Magic at home and why I didn’t bring it with me I do not know. Although I could probably recite the darn thing from heart, I want to read it here, where the villas high in the hills could hide a dissolute actor and his…

Kotor, city of cats ~~ June 26, 2017

A lovely day in Montenegro. You know Montenegro — it’s the tiny country whose prime minister Donald Trump shoved out of the way so he could puff out his chest and stand in front of all the other world leaders at the recent NATO conference. That Montenegro. I was kind of afraid to eat in…

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…

Cruisin’: 11 reasons why I love it~~ June 24, 2017

It’s Saturday evening. I am on the Seabourn Encore, well fed and soothed by balmy breezes, soaking in a bubble bath and deeply content. I wasn’t sure I was ever going to get here and I am so thankful I am. We packed up this morning after our second night at the Hotel Metropole in…

Laughing my glass off in Murano — June 24, 2017

Today we head to the ship around 2:00 so I will try to post this this morning. I seem to be in Internet limbo, so no guarantees. My phone is only working on random Italian networks — and not Vodaphone which is the one I have — and the hotel’s system was rebooted at our…

Things Worth Waiting For ~~ June 23, 2017

Arrived yesterday in Venice. Getting ready for a new kind of adventure. I haven’t posted in a while because frankly, I’ve been sick, anxious, and painful. This trip to celebrate our 30th anniversary was supposed to start a week and a half ago with three nights in our favorite hotel in Paris, a flight to…

Dad, Words, Food, Love ~~ reprinted from June 16, 2004

Originally posted on My Plate or Yours:
I wrote this in 2004. Appropriately enough, it went out over the AP wire. I’m missing my dad a lot today. We’ll be having spaghetti for dinner tonight for sure.  BLOOMINGTON, Ind. June 16, 2004 Father’s Day is upon us again, a day that is all about dads,…

For Mom ~~ reprinted from May, 2014

For Mom For the first time in my life, this Mother’s Day will dawn and I will have no flowers to send, no call to make, no smile coming over the line, filled with pleasure at the sound of my voice. The idea of a Mom-less Mother’s Day makes me so sad I am tempted…