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Travel Tip #6. Spend more …

… on hotels and transportation if necessary to assure your safety and comfort. It costs less for one to travel than for two. Lev was by no means frugal, but he was never interested in bragging rights for staying in the very best hotel, and he wasn’t too proud to…

 

Observing International Widows Day

Today, June 23, is International Widows Day. I didn’t know there was such a thing until the Loomba Foundation spotted one of my tweets about widowhood and followed me. Here are the stats furnished by the foundation: There are now over 258 million widows around the world, who between them…

 

In Search of Healthy Italian Food

I find it a challenge to keep my meals from being monotonous when I am restricted almost completely to protein and vegetables, with a limited amount of dairy. Cooking for one is a special challenge if I don’t want to throw away a large portion of everything I buy. While…

 

Father’s Day–One of Those Markers

Father’s Day is hard to dodge. For weeks in advance we are bombarded with ads for cards and gifts for dad. It’s not as big a day as Mother’s Day–I’ve never understood that–but we will remember our fathers on Father’s Day, whether the memory is good or not. While Father’s…

 

“Summertime & the livin’ is easy…”

Tomorrow is the first day of summer, an invitation to relax in the shade on a porch or under  a tree. And for me, that means it’s time to stock and sip pink wine. Lev and I were introduced to vin de Provence in Aix about 10 years ago. The cafe…

 

What Makes Nantucket Special

Sanctuary: A sacred place, a safe haven. Nantucket. C.S. Lewis wrote a lot about joy—even a book, Surprised by Joy. Another of his books is A Grief Observed, a classic on grief that remains on best-seller lists 54 years after Lewis wrote it. His books were the most helpful material…