Mind Over Matter

When we moved to Portugal last September, it was a priority for me to keep up my fitness program. We all know what can happen in the autumn when bulky layering begins to hide an ounce here or there, and then the holiday parties begin. By March we’re shrinking...

All Roads Lead to Rome…But Not N14

I started going to the gym again. I’d been dodging it for a variety of excellent reasons, but it was time. After a recent workout, I returned to the cottage–which is built into a hillside–and drove down the steep dirt driveway to the narrow flat of grass...

Biking For Fun and Profit

I like a stationery bike, and when it comes to selecting the type, I vote for recumbent.  For years I rode the “original” kind, higher and more like a regular bicycle, but once I discovered the other, I was hooked. Somehow they make me feel like I’m...

“Hear No Evil . . . “

I’ve been a fan of Colin Firth ever since he played the tortured Mr. Darcy to Jennifer Ehle’s Elizabeth Bennett in the BBC production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. So when I had a chance to view The King’s Speech last Sunday, I jumped...

Dear Deer Valley

“For an unprecedented fourth year in a row, Deer Valley Resort received the # 1 ranking in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine.” So began the invitation extended recently to season pass holders to attend a wine and cheese reception to celebrate...

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