I’m happy to report I haven’t moved again since my last post. There was way too much to do right here at our current home, including launching my memoir, A Movable Marriage, with an event at RG Livreiros Bookstore, and celebrating my husband’s...

Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid

In our supermarket last week I noticed the usual single aisle of toys had been expanded. It hadn’t just doubled or tripled. There were fully eight aisles of dolls, stuffed animals, guns, rockets, board games, sporting equipment, and more.  When I complained to...

Bridge Over Troubled Water

I had my third bridge lesson yesterday. This is a game I have avoided all my adult life. In fact, all my childhood. So why I recently signed up with International Women in Portugal’s “Bridge Basics” group is unclear. When I was growing up, my uncles...

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting when I visited Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. I didn’t know it has the world’s oldest (1914) running wooden roller coaster. That tops my Coney Island Cyclone (1927). Here’s what else I discovered:...

I’m Game, Are You?

“Which Czech writer’s nightmarish novel The Trial was published in English translation?” “What was the new official name of the southeast Asian nation Siam?” “What is the name for the Israeli parliament, which convened for the first...

On the Road Again

One of my favorite pastimes is boules, a game similar to Italian bocce ball. It’s also known as pétanque, a contraction of the French pieds tanqués meaning “feet tied together” because it’s required to stand with feet positioned in a designated...

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