Eating My Way Through the Tropics

April 13, 2017

Cabo San Lucas is on the Tropic of Cancer, and Barbados is near the equator, and since both are in the tropics and have great food I’ve decided to post my most memorable meals. Somehow they included a lot of desserts. Cabo has great restaurants, and not all of them Mexican. Our favorite Italian restaurant […]

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Wheeling and Dealing in Cabo

March 27, 2017

Every year in which we go to Cabo San Lucas to enjoy our timeshare we attend (or endure, as it were) the “members presentation” which is an excuse to try to sell us more timeshare or membership in a PRC (Private Residence Club). Why do we attend? Because they give us a raft of discounts […]

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What We Remember

March 14, 2017

One of our neighbors passed away this week. She wasn’t very old, only in her 70’s, although she did have some kind of health issue. But that wasn’t what she died from; her passing was completely unexpected. She had been fine, her husband told me. They were going to attend a grandson’s musical performance and […]

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When We Rise

March 6, 2017

What do Sir Francis Bacon, Florence Nightingale, Margaret Mead, Alan Turing, and Leonardo da Vinci all have in common besides all being scientists? They were all homosexual. I had the pleasure of attending a NOGLSTP (National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals) conference over the weekend, where two brilliant women that I […]

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The Joys of Carnaval

February 15, 2017

Even if one chooses not to buy the official effigy of Monsieur Bonhomme, the mascot of Carnaval de Quebec, and enter the official Carnaval sites there is lots to see and do in the city. The snow sculpture competition is free and open to the public. Click on image to view full size The ice […]

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Quebec – A Stunning Winter Retreat

February 9, 2017

My preference in the dead of winter is sunny locales and turquoise water rimmed beaches, but I’ll always make an exception for Winter Carnaval in Quebec. Many shops and restaurants celebrate by keeping their holiday decorations up a bit longer, placing ice sculptures outside their entrances and some even erecting ice bars to serve drinks […]

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Milk Street Follow Up – Part 2

February 1, 2017

The second recipe I wanted to try from the new 177 Milk Street magazine was a chocolate-rum-prune cake that the author of the article about Claire Ptak’s Violet bakery in East London raved about. Ptak used whiskey and almond flour in hers but the author felt adjustments were required in order to make it easier […]

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The Girl With The Band

January 25, 2017

Our local newspaper, The Standard Times, has a writer named Lauren Daley who authors columns on the arts, books, and music, and in a recent paper she listed the top 10 albums she listened to as a teenager. She asked her readers to let her know their own, so I sent her a note… Dear Lauren, […]

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Never Forget

January 18, 2017

While we were in New York we made a trip to see the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Not an easy task, but as my long-time therapist always said to me, “Pain needs a witness.” There are life’s moments when we all knew exactly where we were when they happened. For me it was JFK’s assassination […]

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January 11, 2017

Happy New Year! I’m hoping that the sinus infection that has floored me for the last 11 days isn’t a harbinger of things to come in 2017. But while I’ve been down for the count since the beginning of the year I have to say the last few days of 2016 were good ones. Steve […]

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