Ireland Afterthought

Ireland Afterthought

I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve seen wonderful sights and experienced enlightening adventures. I’ve met engaging folks. Yet, there is always a caveat:  In Greece (know- it- alls); Spain (pesky gypsies); Italy (snooty hotel clerks); England (cynics); Germany...
The Move & Flow of Cuba or Lack Thereof

The Move & Flow of Cuba or Lack Thereof

As I stroll the streets of Havana I think of that song MacArthur Park about the cake left out in the rain. This is how the city looks—like an extravagant wedding cake left out in the rain. Everything is sliding. If God sneezes, the city will fall over.  Take the...
Packing like Indiana Jones’ Wife

Packing like Indiana Jones’ Wife

“If you’re going to be seen, you need to pack a suitcase. If you’re going to see, take a roller bag,” advises Flight Attendant Virginia Ives. Virginia’s been packing for years. Whenever her husband introduces her, he says: “This is my wife; she has a lot of miles...
I Spy with my Little Eye

I Spy with my Little Eye

100 After circling the crowded lot twice, we located a space, opposite the “green” where old films are shown on August evenings of dog –day afternoons. Crossing the street on our way to the trattoria/pizza parlor, I commented, “If you don’t like the menu here, we can...
Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth

Many parents don’t realize the importance of dental health for babies, toddlers, and young children. Mistakenly, some folks wait until their children have permanent teeth or experience pain before consulting a dentist. Yet, there are many precautions parents of...
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

100 To describe a photo might take a thousand words, but a picture’s worth, as measured by what it tells, well, that’s debatable. My neighbor is a guru with the computer. Sheila modestly plays down her skills. Of course I’m an idiot, not an idiot savant but more like...
A visit to Lyndhurst

A visit to Lyndhurst

101 Have you seen the movie Gloria, or Winter’s Tale, or the soap opera Dark Shadows?  Maybe you’re familiar with the Ramones music videos?  Blacklist?  Annie? So, what’s the common denominator in the above-mentioned films?  The setting. Lyndhurst. In 19th century...