Weekend Update

Weekend Update

This month I’m sharing thoughts about how we spend our time. Lately I’ve had some new experiences, like attempting (note the use of that verb) to strip wallpaper and putting together a wheelbarrow. Weeding and house painting are on the horizon. If you know...
Shadow and Substance

Shadow and Substance

Earlier this month on St. Patrick’s Day I invited you to visit the Emerald Isle with me. Come with me today to the Judaean Hills near Jerusalem. In 1987 I toured the Holy Land, visiting the usual spots like the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, and the Church of the...
All Things Irish

All Things Irish

Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you! Who was Saint Patrick, and why do we celebrate today? Neither a canonized saint nor Irish, he was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, kidnapped at the age of 16 by pirates, and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but...
Modern Marriage…and How To Bear It

Modern Marriage…and How To Bear It

I hope your Valentine’s Day was a good one. Here’s my belated post. I love books, their smell, their feel, their role in our lives. To be honest it’s been a struggle for me to develop a relationship with my Kindle, although enough years have passed...
Best Laid Plans…

Best Laid Plans…

Due to circumstances beyond my control–like the unintended connection between my head and the pavement a couple of days ago–I am not spending any time on the computer or watching TV  screens or reading. So my intended post for this special day is on hold....
A Word to the Wise

A Word to the Wise

Hi, and thanks for joining the party! I thought I’d begin the new year by giving you a flavor of just how eclectic a group you are. You hail from all around the United States, Germany, Portugal, England, Ireland, and Brooklyn (yes, I consider my beloved hometown...
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Short and sweet, sent with love, a brief New Year’s Eve message to you all: stay vigilant, stay safe, stay sane. Look for the joy in each new day. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) God bless, and see you next year.
Traveling Less and Enjoying It More?

Traveling Less and Enjoying It More?

With so many travel restrictions these days, I thought it would be fun to cheer you up by reminding you of what you’re (not) missing. Following are actual complaints from travelers with Thomas Cook Vacations. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to...
A Look at Lagoa

A Look at Lagoa

A couple of years ago International Living organized a well-attended tour of Portugal and Spain. While in the southern region of the Algarve, we were lucky to be ensconced at the Tivoli Carvoeiro Hotel. That’s where I made my presentation about Portugal to the...
Happy and Healthy New Year!

Happy and Healthy New Year!

Note: I am no longer on social media, so please share this post with as many people as you can due to its timeliness (including a free book offer). Thanks so much, and thanks also to the content creators in the video links below. If you enjoy them, give them a thumbs...