I was in the middle of writing a different entry in my blog, but kept thinking about writing the entry you are about to embark on. I put what I was working on aside…it will be good and worth the wait, I'm sure, but some thoughts are more pressing than others, and currently my day of … Continue reading Page One of the Literary Tome: Antiquing–The Literary Way (A Book and Its Travels)
I am dedicating this post to a very dear friend and colleague who died this morning back home in Florida and the wonderful wife he left behind. I love you Ken and Debbie Carpenter. You both mean so much to me. As suggested by the title of this entry, I have the Beatles song in … Continue reading Traveling “With a Little Help from My Friends”
Two years ago, on my first solo adventure, I opted for a combination of planning and improvisation. The extent of my planning was to purchase tickets to three Shakespeare plays and a lecture at the Globe Theater in London; a three-day stay at Hever Castle in Hever, Kent for when my mom joined me; and a … Continue reading Airbnb, please
This entry is part of a solo travel series meant to help, recommend, and otherwise entertain those stricken with wanderlust but a bit fearful to wander... If you haven't read the Preface to this series start here first: Solo Travel Series Preface I suppose there are people who make friends on crowded trains and busses. I am not … Continue reading Solo Traveling by Cabs and Uber
My Microsoft Surface (fully charged, can be used to recharge phone if necessary), backup charger, and--of course--cash. Missing from picture: cell phone (fully-charged. I had to use it to take this photo, now, didn't I?). Solo traveling is what I love to do. However, I would never have been able to do so when I … Continue reading Solo Traveler Series
I hate cooking because of all the steps involved--find a recipe, go shopping for ingredients, then follow the recipe. Too many steps. So my first recipe was inspired by the camembert mom already had in her fridge. She said she was trying to find a good way to bake it. I decided to look in Cooking … Continue reading Can We Prepare the Camembert?
Or...How to Lose a Race in Ten Ways... #1 Planning Planning for the Diva Half Marathon & 5K at St. Augustine was a breeze. My running partner, Laurie, would send me daily messages… let’s stay here... bam, I booked a room at this bed & breakfast... let’s eat here... ooh, actually, let’s stay on this … Continue reading The Biggest (and Happiest) Losers
This is the third page in a longer blog entitled Antiquing--The Literary Way (A Book and Its Travels). Do click on this link and read the first page (and then the second page), if you have come to this page without doing so. I could tell you a story about these past 24 years, a divorce, two … Continue reading Chapter I. Aged 45. February 2016. Orlando, Florida. Pre-sabbatical.
This is the second page in a longer blog entitled Antiquing--The Literary Way (A Book and Its Travels). Do click on this link and read the first page, if you have come to this page without doing so. I was working on my master’s degree in English literature and writing a paper on Lady Macbeth’s “Unsex Me” … Continue reading Prologue: Fall semester 1994. Aged 24. State University of New York, College at New Paltz.
This is the fourth page in a longer blog entitled Antiquing--The Literary Way (A Book and Its Travels). Do click on this link and read the first page (and then the second and third), if you have come to this page without doing so. As I said in the previous chapter, I emailed Graham and the universe … Continue reading Chapter II. Aged 45 Continued. An Epistolary Tale of a Blossoming Friendship
In his poem “Flies and Nettles,” English poet Fergus Allen writes: The purpose of nettles is to make more nettles, green, bitter, sharply hairy and introverted… Introverted nettles? Introverted me? Put these two together... well, you shall see... Good morning, friend. Yes, I am heading out on another long hike, this one around 14 miles. … Continue reading Nettles and Farmers and Thorns, Oh My!