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Travel Tip #7. Determine Hotel Amenities in Advance

Visit your hotel websites before you leave home, regardless of whether you made your own reservations or they are included in a tour. If there is no in-room safe, leave valuables at home. While my Rimowa luggage has built-in combination locks, I suspect that it is quite easy to obtain…

 

A Memoir of Grief and Gratitude

The Light of the World, a memoir on love and death and grief by the prize-winning poet and Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander, was published April 21 and quickly made best-seller lists. I have been reading memoirs by widows lately, and I wanted to compare Alexander to two literary giants a generation older than she,…

 

Taco Salad and More

I was leaving town for two weeks, and the refrigerator was full of all the healthy vegetables and dairy products I stocked up on the previous week. Perhaps the biggest time-management challenge for me on this diet has been to find time for prep and cleanup. Saltine crackers and Peter Pan…

 

Moments That Make Me Smile

Walking back from Straight Wharf after lunch, we encountered these two precious little girls in their Vineyard Vines clothes, their Jack Rogers sandals, a lightship basket purse and their fabulous straw hats–and hat boxes–from Peter Beaton. They were delighted to stop and pose for pictures, for they were modeling today,…

 

Exploring Private Gardens: Serendipity!

Lev and Cheri interrupted my writing this morning to insist that I go with them on a walk up Cliff Road to see some spectacular private gardens that were open. My walks usually lead to the historic district, Main Street and the wharf, while they usually head past magnificent ocean-front…

 

Beach Blogs

I am on vacation, spending 12 days at my most favorite place in the world: Nantucket. I’ve tossed my usual blog schedule, and I plan to write about whatever I see and do that I want to share…or maybe chase whatever rabbit I choose to chase. And, yes, there are…