Category Archives: Music/Art/Literature/Culture

Pretty as a Picture: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Two days was not enough time to do even Boston proper properly. But we did check one highlight off my list, the Venetian-inspired villa that wealthy collector Isabella Stewart Gardner built as her home in 1899-1901 and left to posterity … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Santa Fe

We’re here just long enough to skim the surface, and haven’t really ventured more than a few blocks from the town’s iconic plaza What I will remember are the flowers, everywhere: And the perfect weather, bluest of blue skies: New … Continue reading

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I’ve fallen into the late ’60’s and I can’t get up.

I’ve never doubted the power of books to transport the soul. But time travel, that’s something new. A few weeks back I started listening to Sylvie Simmons’ I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen and at about a third … Continue reading

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2021 Reading Re-Cap: Pretty Good for Middling

Not every book can be a favorite. After all, there are a lot of books in this world. Looking back over last year’s fiction reads, though, even the middling ones had their merits: Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790 By … Continue reading

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We ran away to the circus!

Dateline: Sarasota, Florida where we spent yesterday morning touring the Ringling Museum. John Ringling, along with his passel of brothers, bought the Barnum & Bailey show in 1907, beginning a remarkable ascent to wealth and fame for Ringling and his … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Lighten Up!

“Wow that year sure flew by” …said absolutely no one about 2020. Yet, somehow there were still more books than time. For the first time ever, I managed to fail my reading goal which makes absolutely no sense given that … Continue reading

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Picture books.

Reading is something I used to do. ┬áThat is, before life was recently upended in May and June. Five books a month is my usual standard, but I’ll be lucky if I finish one this month. No time to read … Continue reading

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Here. And there.

The gallivanting continued, apace. The 20,000 step mark was duly broken, as was, more than somewhat coincidentally, my inferior-issue body. But no matter, we had a whirlwind girls’ week to finish up, and did so in style. Toughest item on … Continue reading

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Ten fewer stars in the sky: the best of the best.

Well, finally, here we are. Still wheezing and a bit flu-befuddled but back on the home coast and able to lift our heads off the pillow. That’s a start! And at the very least, the scenery is a bit more … Continue reading

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2018 Reading Re-cap: The Best of the Rest, Part II

I have these recurring moments of panic when I realize that “too many books, too little time” is not just a bumper sticker quote but a real conundrum. I will never read everything I should, let alone everything I want. … Continue reading

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