My Three Pet* Peeves in Portugal

My Three Pet* Peeves in Portugal

Less than a month ago I stood on a stage in Las Vegas and extolled the virtues of living in Portugal. More than 500 people were attending an International Living Retire Overseas Bootcamp Conference, and not a few of them came by my table in the ballroom afterwards to...
“I Left My Phone in Old Lisboa”

“I Left My Phone in Old Lisboa”

(Sung to the tune of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”)  The loveliness of Porto seems somehow sadly gay The glory of Tomar is of another day I’d been terribly content with my fella in Penela Why did I go to that city by the Bay? I left my phone in...

(Flower) Buyer Beware!

Not long ago, a close family member fell seriously ill. Before flying to see her, I ordered flowers to be sent to her hospital room through a popular online delivery service. There were three sizes of the same arrangement from which to choose. I selected the...

Crime Doesn’t Pay (But Parking is Another Story)

The late afternoon sun sparkled on the river before us. On the patio of the restaurant, we sipped wine and listened to the crash of the Atlantic surf in the distance while our pup, Carson, inspected the base of a towering palm tree on the grassy green that separated...

The Waiting Game

We spend much of our lives waiting. As children we wait for Christmas. When we start school, we wait for summer vacation. Later we wait for SAT scores and for responses from colleges to which we’ve applied. Perhaps afterwards we wait for GRE or LSAT results. We...

In Defense of Cheese

Since the late nineteenth century, the word “cheese” has most often had a positive connotation. For example,  in John Camden Hotten’s The Slang Dictionary (1863) it, or the word “cheesey” means “Anything good, first-rate in quality,...

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