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...
Looking for a Playground Near You?

Looking for a Playground Near You?

You don’t have to go anywhere. It’s right on your computer. Recently I discovered photographer Karin van Mierlo, a native of the Netherlands, who’s been living in Lisbon for the past three years. If you’re into taking pictures–and frankly...
Fly Me to the Moon…

Fly Me to the Moon…

…or at least get me close. And then make sure I get back. Recently my friend Manon wrote me. Her mother, Ruth, was Director of Children’s Ministries at Bel Air Presbyterian in Los Angeles, a church I attended for years and where my daughters went to...
How’s It Going?

How’s It Going?

I’ve been slow to write about the current crisis because I’ve written and video’ed so many items for International Living I feel there’s nothing new to say about SARS-CoV-2. Yet, here’s a recap on life in the countryside. We’re...
Erin Go Bragh

Erin Go Bragh

Dia Dhuit (Hello!) As St. Paddy’s Day is tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to share some Irish phrases. For the more adventurous among you, pop them into a translation app that offers pronunciation and have fun (and Go N-Eiri An T-Adh Leat — Good Luck!)....