Miscellaneous

And the Party Continues

November 28, 2017

You all know I’ve been celebrating my 60th birthday since about mid-summer. The actual date was Thanksgiving, 11/23 and the dance party was the night after. And what a great birthday celebration it all was. Having my brother from another mother, Mark, and his wife Jan here for the holiday was so special and I […]

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Wicked, In a Good Way

November 1, 2017

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday. She would have been 95, but she left us at 87. Having a Halloween birthday was always good for witch jokes, broomstick as mode of transportation, and just calling her scary in general, which wasn’t far from the truth. She had a wicked sense of humor, in every sense of […]

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For the Love of Pumpkin

November 1, 2017

I keep reading articles about people being “pumpkin-ed out”. That’s just heresy. Fall wouldn’t be fall without pumpkin. I will say that I believe Starbucks has changed the recipe of their pumpkin spiced latte, which in my opinion is not as good as it used to be. But that won’t make me break up with […]

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Irreverence and Sarcasm

October 26, 2017

Some of us were lucky enough to see the humorist David Sedaris at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford last week. I’ve been a fan for a long time, but unlike my companions on this night it was the first time I’d ever seen him live. And while his books are brilliant I enjoy listening […]

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The Official Invitation

October 18, 2017

Anyone going to be in New England over Thanksgiving? I’m celebrating and I want everyone to come. Turning 60 is a big friggin’ deal, especially when at 50 I wasn’t sure I’d make it. My old friends and readers know the story, but I’ll provide the Cliff’s Notes for those who are new to the […]

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Actually, the band’s name is Big Head Todd and the Monsters. But we dined at Red Stripe restaurant in East Greenwich, RI before the show and the mussels were, well, monsters. My cousin Claudia and her husband John invited us to the show. John had been a fan of Big Head Todd’s since he experienced […]

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World’s Largest Paella Pan

September 13, 2017

I now own the world’s largest paella pan. Well, technically, not. There are bigger, but I don’t know how anyone could lift them when they’re full of food. This puppy is 24” across and takes up 4 burners of my 6-burner stove. It’s awesome. I realized a real paella pan needed to live in my […]

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The Costa de la Luz in the Province of Cádiz (in southwestern Spain) has beautiful Atlantic facing beaches; wide, flat with fine sand and long stretches to walk. The town of Los Caños de Meca, where our accommodations were located is home to the Trafalgar lighthouse. The lighthouse is located on a headland where the 1805 naval Battle of Trafalgar, […]

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Costa de la Luz

July 25, 2017

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Spanish tourists from just north of here frequent this area of southern Spain, and I’ve come to learn that many German and Swiss tourists have discovered this beautiful part of the world as well. Some Spanish is a necessity; we met only a handful of people who spoke […]

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Tuna Wars

July 19, 2017

No, not Iron Chef vs. Gordon Ramsey or any such nonsense; real wars between tuna fishermen in the Straits of Gibraltar and the orcas that come to feed when the tuna are running. Did I mention we were in Spain? We met our friends Teresa and Pablo at Meerlust Las Ballenas, a luxury B&B in […]

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